Oct 7, 2009, 4:53 AM
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Highlighting the current security issues on the continent, Patrick said the challenge of security in our continent is taking a delicate dimension, and the rate of development will continue to be retarded if concerted efforts are not taken to checkmate the trend.
“Needless to enumerate these issues because we are very familiar with the Tunisia, Egypt and Libya strife, famine in Somalia, bombings in Nigeria, etc,” he added.
According to him, the benefits of The Gambia being the host country is enormous as the country will further be added into the map of friendly and receptive destinations in
He also revealed that the background for these annual awards is germane and timely, as security in
“The need for African countries to encourage and boost the security awareness and consciousness in their citizenry cannot be overemphasized. Hence the start-up of the Security Watch Awards/Lecture in 2004,” he stated.
Patrick further stated that the Security Watch Africa Award started in
He added that this year’s event will be attended by a confirmed list of very top dignitaries from Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Kenya, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, The Gambia and Mozambique.
Patrick also stated that the second day event will kick start on 13th October with a lecture series on the theme: “Security and Infrastructure: Can Africa Get it Right?”
This will be followed the following day with the conferring of the highest security and safety African Awards on President Jammeh and Ambassador James Victor Gbeho, President of the ECOWAS Commission, for their untiring efforts in leading the way for security and peace in Africa.