Barrow’s aide urges focus on development, not president’s term

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

A personal assistant to President Adama Barrow has called on Gambians to dedicate their efforts and focus on national development initiatives and not the number of years President Barrow will stay in office.

Lamin Cham was speaking recently at Kerr Line, Central River Region, during a meeting with the women’s group of Niamina Dankunku who adopted Fafa Ceesay as their father last Saturday.

He informed that President Barrow’s top priority is how to develop the country and that people should not focus on how many years he would stay in office, but rather what he can do for the country.

Cham disclosed that the president will not promise what he cannot do, adding that the government will soon embark on an ambitious project that will provide potable water and electricity to all towns and villages across The Gambia.

He equally assured the people of Barrow Kunda that plans are in the offing to construct a new feeder road that will connect the village to the main highway.

‘Anywhere you go now there is a project signed by the president,’ he added.

He reminded them that since Barrow came into office, he has been able to bring about peace in the country.

Samba Jallow, minority leader and member for Niamina Dankunku, called on people to work towards more development, adding that the three-years agreement that people are talking about is left to Barrow and the Coalition stakeholders.

“When they are forming the coalition they knew that the term of a president was five years, then we went for an election, but they came into an agreement with seven political parties and two independent parties that the president will stay in office for three years before they select a new leader.”

He informed the gathering that he was sworn-in as a National Assembly Member to defend the constitution of The Gambia.

“If the president agrees with the 3 years, it is left to him,” he said and continued “what they agreed as a coalition was three years.”

Regarding those who want to protest for Barrow to step down in December, the minority leader said that the police should give them permit to protest as the country is now enjoying democratic dispensation.

“The citizens have the right to show out what they want because it is the constitution that gives them the right as citizens,” he added. 

Author: Sanna Jallow
Source: Picture: President Barrow