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Barrow urges graduates to be champions of peace, development

Feb 10, 2020, 1:03 PM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

President Adama Barrow has called on the new graduates of the University of The Gambia (UTG) to be catalysts of peace and development.

He added that to be patriotic, a one must have the spirit of nationalism and good citizenship, love and defend their country; sacrifice personal interests, where necessary, and contribute to the greater good.

The Gambian leader, who is also the chancellor of the UTG was speaking on Saturday, during the 12th Convocation ceremony where over 800 students graduated in various disciplines, ranging from bachelors to masters degrees. The event was held at the Qcity, Bijilo.

He further noted that all these are the cardinal principles required in the conduct of good and active citizenry.

“As we rejoice today, let us be mindful of our collective responsibilities, as citizens, to make our country peaceful, develop and prosperous. In my opinion, patriotism is part of the solution to our troubles,” he said to the graduands.

He further advised them that being patriotic simply translates into consistent discharge of one’s responsibility and obligations.  

For his part, the vice chancellor of the University of The Gambia, Professor Doctor Faqir Muhammad Anjum Chaudhry, reminded the gathering that the convocation marked the conferment of degrees and certificates to the students after completing the courses of their studies.

He challenged them to use the knowledge gained to contribute to the development of the country and also develop themselves as they take on another journey of learning.