N. Kinteh, the Chief of Defence Staff of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) on
Wednesday bade farewell to 150 personnel of the second batch of the
Presidential Guards including nine female soldiers that left Banjul for three
months training in Fatick, Senegal.
The personnel comprise 115 from the GAF and 35 from the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) and will be trained on Presidential Guard duties and VIP Protection among host of others.
Addressing the troop shortly before their departure at The Gambia Armed Forces Training School in Fajara, CDS Kinteh congratulated the troop, and advised them to keep the Gambian flag higher as they are representing the country.
Kinteh expressed satisfaction about the reconstruction of the Presidential Guard, saying that it is part of the Security Sector Reforms (SSR) agenda of the new government.
He urged the personnel to maintain discipline during their stay in Senegal, adding that any report of indiscipline will be met with disciplinary action against the individual. He acknowledged that the SSR is ongoing despite being slow.
He said the personnel will all get their financial benefits; like course allowance which will be paid to them.
The commander of State Guard, Colonel Turo Jawneh, congratulated the personnel for the nomination and urged them to maintain discipline during their stay in Senegal and see themselves as ambassadors of GAF and the country in particular.
He said: “You have to forget about their individual, regional and services and focus on the training as a team with a view to achieve the desired outcome through which you can adequately take care of the security of government.”
“I have no doubt that you will be able to do the training in Dakar due to the professional level and training at GAF Training School. You are expected to leave up to the expectation of the GAF and The Gambian people, thus any act of indiscipline will attract severe punishment,” Kinteh warned.