Monday, September 25, 2017

Welcome back from the United Nations General Assembly in New York.  We would like to congratulate you on your maiden speech at the world’s assembly. 

Your speech was seen as a sign of hope by most Gambians, especially the youth as we are still expecting to see a better Gambia, after 22 long years of the regime of Dictator Yahya Jammeh.

Mr. President, the issue of UN Security Council reforms and the need for Africa to be represented on the council which you raised during the summit was very vital, as Africa is the most vulnerable when it comes to security issues.

“The Gambia fully supports the African Union’s demand for the long overdue reform of the Security Council.”   This excerpt from your speech at the summit is very apt and to the point.

Besides, Mr. President, looking at the current economic situation of the country and the state of electricity supply, which is terribly affecting businesses, something should be done to salvage the situation before it reaches crisis level. 

Also, we feel it is necessary for your government to start minimising the number of delegates you travel with to such forums, as well as check the frequency of some ministerial travels.

Most of the money spent in travelling by government officials could be better utilised in other areas of development, like helping NAWEC to stabilise the inconsistency of power supply, supporting health centres with drugs, road rehabilitation, and supporting the education sector.

Mr. President, the transport system of the country is also another area that should be revisited.  Despite the fact that transport fares have been reduced, there are still issues that need to be addressed in the sector.  For instance, following the fare reduction, some drivers have been diverting the routes to their destinations, just to overcharge passengers.  This has made it very difficult for students and workers to reach their destination on time.

The Ministry of Transport should work with the Ministry of Education to invest in providing school buses for schools, in order to reduce the burden of students struggling to reach their schools even if it means charging the students fares.

But as a matter of urgency, Mr President, the electricity problem needs serious attention, so as to arrest the abnormality bedeviling the economy.

Good Day Your Excellency.