Jawara’s attendance of 53rd Independence anniversary depicts genuine appeal for peace maintenance

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The community of Gambian students in Indonesia says they are resolutely hopeful and inspired by The Gambia’s former President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara and the former first Lady Chilel Jawara attendance of the country’s 53rd Independence anniversary on 18 February.

They said they are thrilled by the hallmark attendance of the country’s statesman at the celebration that was held at the iconic McCarthy Square in Banjul, saying their attendance depicts a stronger and genuine appeal for maintenance of peace, tranquility and progress as traditional watchwords of the country.

The students also sent their congratulations to the people and Government of The Gambia on the auspicious occasion of the 53rd Independence anniversary celebration. “We equally wish to seize this unique opportunity to call on the government to continue widening the democratic space and to constructively engage all actors and stakeholders in enhancing the attainment of our development goals and objectives as enshrined in the new Gambia National Development Plan 2018-2021 which was launched by His Excellency President Adama Barrow on 7th February, 2018,” the students indicated in a statement.

Gambian students in the Southeast Asian transcontinental country decided to come together to form a community to serve as a common platform of Gambian students following their concern about the growing number of Gambian students pursuing their studies in Indonesia.

“We also call on the government to live up to her pledge in transforming the country into a more progressive, vibrant and all-inclusive society and key strategic goals of the National Development Plan 2018-2021,” they stated.

On diplomatic front, the students solemnly called on the government to deepen diplomatic engagements with the government of Indonesia to higher levels, saying it is their firm conviction that Gambia and Indonesia share lot of common potentials. “Constructive engagement between the two governments and their peoples will inevitably lead to improvement of vital sectors such as education, health agriculture and tourism.”

They said as Gambia prepares for the April 2018 Local Government elections, which they brand as pillar for promotion of grass root democracy, “we call on all the political parties to exercise maximum restraint and publicly manifest a non-violent approach during and after the electioneering period. We urge them to put The Gambia first above politics.”

Author: Amadou Jallow