Mr. President, as Gambian women joined other women throughout the world to celebrate International Women’s day, we want to congratulate and appreciate all women in The Gambia and their contributions towards national development.
Mr. President, Gambian women deserve all attention and commendations and your government should center the challenges faced by women in the economic policy decisions in both the micro and macroeconomic planning to expand their earning potentials.
Development projects like building and rehabilitation of market places should be looked into to help women sell their products, more scholarships be given to girls in schools, encourage adult learning for women and more women should be appointed in decision-making and administrative positions of your government.
Mr. President, It is very heart breaking to learn of the deportation of 45 Gambians from the United States of America on Wednesday. Gambians have been known to be law-abiding immigrants and non-violence or belonging to any terrorist groups in the whole world.
Mr. President, your government should enter into a dialogue with the U.S. government to put a stop to this deportation and discuss the best way forward as the Gambia has been an ally of the U.S. for a long time.
Mr. President, there are about 12 million migrants applying for settlement in the U.S.A. in which The Gambia is not an exception. Gambians and Americans have lived together, inter-marriage, trained in U.S.A. and are working there. Those who are law biding and have no criminal records can be sympathised and given amnesty because most of them have families there.
Mr. President, this too much deportation is not good for the country in terms of its stability and economy. We have seen a huge number of Gambians being deported from Libya recently and most of these youths are unemployed which constitutes to the high rate of unemployment in the country.
Finally, Mr. President, ministers and senior government officials should be very mindful of their statements. They should be diplomatic when they talk, make public statements, and know how to address a public or media to avoid statements, which can bring national and diplomatic row. They should have written speeches that are vetted to avoid misunderstanding and misinterpretations.
Mr. President, What is happening to Nawec again???