Sheikh Sidia Bayo presents EU award to President Barrow

Monday, January 07, 2019

A civil society activist who was awarded by the European Parliament in September 2018 was at the State House on Friday to present his prestigious human rights award to His Excellency, President Adama Barrow.

Mr. Bayo said his award is dedicated to the Gambian people in general and the youth in particular. “The President was very happy for my award; he congratulated and motivated me to work for the country; for my generation (the youth) so we are prepared to lead tomorrow. I was surprised about the words of the President,” Bayo said.

The French-Gambian said the award belongs to his generation, to inspire and give them hope. He expressed pride as a Gambian to be among over 30 international public figures to receive this prestigious award.

“I am proud because I am a Gambian. The awards came from the EU, the second biggest international body beside the UN. The institution that facilitated the international conference of Gambia’s partners resulting in a pledge of $1.7billion. This award will help to facilitate the realisation of that pledge and even more for The Gambia.”