Association of Co-operative Credit Unions of The Gambia (NACCUG) have
inaugurated a new credit unions’ training academy facility in Kanifing
constructed at a tune of 9.5 million dalasis.
As the national apex body of all credits unions in The Gambia, NACCUG officials say they are fully conscious of the critical role of capacity building in helping credit unions to be more efficient in service delivery and enhancing their sustainability.
Agriculture minister Omar Jallow said the inauguration of the facility is a testimony that in unity lies the people’s strength.
He observed that training is an important instrument for transformation in the credit union movement to understand the nature of credit union business and to advance partnership and connectivity to attaining sustainable success. “Efforts of credit unions are noble and worthy of emulation. Your willingness to collaborate rather than compete and your willingness to initiate together and support one another indicate that a bright future awaits you all.”
According to him, training is a significant tool for employment development and has assumed great importance because of the exceptional rate of change in internal and external organisational environment.
NACCUG General Manager Baboucarr Jeng said the idea of constructing a training academy emanated from the strategic thinking of the NACCUG board of directors in collaboration with the management and staff. He said the source of inspiration was driven by the unequivocal commitment of the board of directors to strengthen human capital to accelerate the attainment of goals and objectives of credit union movement.
Mr. Jeng said they are resolute and unanimous in committing their financial resources and time in ensuring that the training academy is fully funded and subsequently operational. “I would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for the good foundation built by the pioneers of this movement,” he said.