Pa Modou Sarr was on Saturday 28th March 2015 elected to spearhead the affairs of the National Federation of Gambia UNESCO Clubs and Centers for the next two years, at a congress held at the Independence Stadium Friendship Hostel Main Hall.
The others elected to serve the clubs and centers for the next two years are Kasum Kanteh as Vice President, Lamin Ceesay as Secretary General, Adama Fatty as Treasurer, Yankuba A. Bojang as Auditor, Kemo Janko as Programme Officer for Education and Culture, Muhammed Lamin Dibba as Programme Officer for Information and Communication, and Lamin Saidy Faye, who was the only candidate elected for the post of Programme Officer for Science and Environment unopposed throughout the election process.
The President-elect Mr Sarr, in his acceptance statement, thanked delegates for having faith in them to lead the federation.
They have been yearning for a positive change as it is the most dynamic thing, but added that they have a very heavy load on their shoulders.
He called on everyone to come together and work for the betterment of the federation, noting that excelling would require collective efforts.
They would begin work from the grassroots and take it from there, he went on, while thanking NATCOM for their steadfastness, focus, determination and support over the years.
They would also work with NATCOM to fill the gabs that existed between them, he said.
Momodou Sanneh, Secretary General Gambia National Commission for UNESCO, in his remarks said the congress is a constitutional requirement, which lays claim on the federation to convene such an assembly every two years for proper review of the past and a proactive preview of the future, but due to logistical constraints, the federation could not satisfy the requirement since 2008.
The federation has successfully held three congresses in consonance with its constitution, and played a significant role in promoting the ideals of UNESCO at the grassroots, he added.
Mr Sanneh registered profound appreciation and sincere thanks and gratitude to the past and present executive board members of the federation, for contributing their quota to the success registered by the federation over the years.
He thanked all congress delegates and observers who travelled from far and near to partake in the process.
Sanneh noted the willingness of the Independent Electoral Commission to oversee the electoral process at the congress.
The NATCOM Secretary General commended the tireless efforts of the task force and past executive members who organised the congress.
He concluded by assuring them of his office’s continuous support to the federation in all its endeavours to change lives through sustainable peace and development.
Mr Sambou, who chaired the congress, called on the new executive not to be selfish, but to be leaders.
He urged them to use their hearts, as well as bring clubs and centers to their hearts.
Bala Musa Marenah, outgoing NAFGUC Secretary General, delivered a report on behalf of the outgoing executive board.