Adama Barrow in an interview with the state broadcaster – The Gambia Radio and
Television Services (GRTS), said that the Civic Education should continue to
educate the people more on democracy for everybody to know their roles.
The president, with specific reference to social media disclosed that people used to tell him to do something about social media. However, he pointed out that he reminds those talking bad about him of where we are coming from. “Let us be positive because that’s the only way we can develop the country. Insulting the leadership will not benefit anybody,” he said.
Barrow also said that the county doesn’t have resources and is paying 60% of tax revenue on loans, adding that the 40% cannot develop the country and that “we are depending on donors.”
“The project I launched is a grant from China. If you don’t have the resources, you should use your knowledge and get what you want and that’s what we are doing. We are innovative and we will continue to be innovative to move the country forward.
He said it was not easy after 22 years from dictatorship but during the two years he has served, they were able to achieve many things. He added that his main priority was to stabilise the economy, which they were able to do.
On health, he responded that he has been seeking for support from China and Turkey for grants to construct new buildings for hospitals. He revealed that they have medication supply for health centers for 24 months and it is also in their plans to build a referral hospital in Brikama because of the high population.
On institutional reforms, he said, as government they believe in strong institutions, but admits that reform is not an easy process. “We have conducted a comprehensive survey for it and in that operation we were able to discover 300 ghost workers and that could have saved Gambia a lot of money in the budget; and first time in the history of the country that the security services are audited.”
On education, he mentioned that there is free education for basic cycle to create a strong foundation and opportunity for all. He added that the government is building the capacities of the people by offering scholarships to many countries in Africa and Asia.
On agriculture, he explained that the old way of farming should stop; instead we should hold farming as business.