University of The Gambia (UTG) Inter-School Alliance for Change last week held
a day’s symposium under the theme: Importance of unions in nation building. The
symposium was held at the University’s Law Faculty Auditorium at Kanifing.
The academic symposium was designed to raise students’ awareness on the role of unions in nation building, UTG’s role, the role of advocates in awareness creation, the revitalisation of unions in The Gambia and the history of UTG Inter-School Alliance for Change.
Ebrima Sonko, secretary general of University of The Gambia Students Union said the Union is a creation of the University of The Gambia Act with the mandate of promoting the welfare and protection of its member students.
“Since we came into office in May, 2017, we have been fighting, struggling and lobbying for a better learning environment for students in the university. We did not isolate the students from this because we know that without the students we cannot achieve anything,” he said.
Delivering a presentation on UTG’s role in building The Gambia, Dr. Ismaila Ceesay said people must seriously and positively think about development that, he said is lacking in the country. “We gained our independence 53 years ago and yet development has always been elusive.”
He said The Gambia just celebrated her 53rd independence anniversary, saying 53 years of having our own ministry of agriculture and Gambia cannot still feed herself, cannot cure her own people because, “We do not have control over the materials we will need to cure our people.”
Bakary Fatty, former chairman of the UTG inter-school alliance for change said members of the Association are people who are always aware of the environment they live in.