UTG confers honourary degrees on president Barrow, Jawara

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The University of The Gambia has conferred an honourary degrees on President Adama Barrow and Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, the country’s first president in its 10th Convocation ceremony held on Monday at the Independence Stadium.

President Barrow was awarded Doctorate Degree in Human Rights, while President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara was awarded the same Doctorate Degree in Law and Human Rights Studies by the University of The Gambia.

President Jawara’s award was received on his behalf by Omar Jallow alias O.J. the minister for Agriculture.

In his maiden address as the chancellor of the University of The Gambia President Barrow began by congratulating the graduating students in what he described as “special”.

“I’d like to congratulate you and your families on this special day. Convocation is important because it marks the end of one stage and the beginning of another,” he said. “It is an important occasion for the society as it expects a lot from you.”

The new chancellor was quick to remind the students of their responsibilities and the expectations as graduates. The convocation ceremony he said is not only a day for celebration but also a day for reflection.

He urged the students to bear few things in mind as they were about to enter into another phase of life. “Always keep your integrity and humility. As ambassadors, be hardworking, exercise sincerity and commitment, peace, hope and honesty”.

The president reaffirmed his commitment to public needs and the promotion of human rights and education. “My government renews its determination on fundamental human rights, equity and equality. The promotion of human rights is my government’s priority” Chancellor Barrow said.

President Barrow said Gambians and non Gambians will continue to enjoy their rights and freedoms and the Banjul Chattered is a living testimony to that. He said a clear manifestation of his commitment to human rights is the releasing of prisoners, signing treaty which promotes human rights, efforts to remove the death penalty and to avoid disappearance and a better new constitution.

He urged the graduates to support in the process of making The Gambia a democratic country.

Source: Picture: Sankulleh Gibril Janko