fulfilment of Section 222 (15) of the 1997 Gambia Constitution President Adama
Barrow will embark on a ten-day nationwide tour of the country to dialogue with
the public on a variety of pertinent issues in the country.
The tour is expected to begin on Monday July 16th and end on Wednesday, June 25th 2018. During tour period, the President will chair 44 general meetings and spot visits throughout the country. He will connect and engage first-hand with the members of the public on the government’s development blueprint – the National Development Plan, particularly the President’s priority areas.
This is the president’s second nationwide tour since he came to power in 2016. His first tour was days before the 2017 National Assembly Election which many believe was politically motivated as he went to campaign for the United Democratic Party (UDP) who won majority at the National Assembly. This tour is expected to be dominated by National reconciliation.
As the rains have begun, agricultural programmes geared towards food security, mechanized agriculture for local consumption and targeted exports will be discussed with farmers. It would allow the President to also listen to farmers and learn about issues impacting on crop production and animal husbandry. “The President will use the opportunity to re-echo his call for social cohesion and unity in the pursuit for peace, security and socio-economic and political advancement of the country,” a statement from the prudency stated.
For the first part of the tour, the presidential delegation will hold meetings in North Bank and Central River Region-North, while the rest of week one will be spent in the Upper River Region. Over the weekend, the delegation will stop in parts of CRR South and Lower River Region. The final leg of the tour will take place in the Greater Banjul Area with a mega meeting in the City of Banjul.