On promotion of 51 officers

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Promotion is an important component in any viable workforce. In simple terms it is the advancement of an employee from one position to another with added responsibilities and remunerations etc. It is important to note that the most obvious consideration in a promotion is how well you performed in your current duties. Work environments need to be defined by principles of fair play and equity; otherwise rancour would supplant harmony leading to entropy and retrogression in our development journey.

The recent decoration and promotion of 51 superior officers of The Gambia Police Force is not only timely, but a move in the right direction. The decoration of 51 senior officers with promotion within various ranks of The Gambia Police Force, according to the police high command, is the biggest in 2019. Gone are the days when promotion was based on ‘whom you know’ or who shows his/her allegiance to the leadership.

The decorated officers have been in the service for decades and some of them have undergone overseas studies. Any promotion in workforce manifests an important accomplishment because it shows that your employer trusts you with more responsibility, which requires dedication.

 Delivering the opening remarks and as aptly stated by Supt. Abdou Bojang, Spt. of Police, some of the decorated officers are the finest police officers in The Gambia Police Force.

However, the newly decorated officers should also see the promotion as a challenge to give their utmost best and to defend the oaths they’ve already sworn to at all times.

This reminds us about patriotism and giving ‘your best to your nation’. More often, when our politicians speak, they talk of values like patriotism, commitment, hard work, and so on, as fundamental to the triumph of any nation. Indeed, these are not mere words of fantasy. They are echoed for a purpose, and the ultimate aim is national development.

 Let’s make this year a development oriented one in fulfillment of our national security reforms. We therefore congratulate the newly decorated officers on their achievements.

“In most professions, if you stay at the office an extra four hours every day, you’re gonna impress the boss. You’re gonna get that promotion; you’re gonna get that raise. You’re gonna at least have job security. But with acting, if you’re really ambitious and you have a good work ethic and are really good at your job, it might not really matter.”

Jason Bateman