Jul 25, 2008, 8:02 AM
The Chairman of Janjangbureh Area Council Mr Yankuba J. Marena, who also doubles as the Councillor for Kudang Ward, expressed appreciation for the efforts of the National Council for Civic Education, NCCE, in enlightening the councilors about the amendment of the Local Government Act, human rights-based approaches, as well as their roles and responsibilities.
He made this remark recently at the close of a two-day training workshop for ward councillors in the Janjanbureh Area Council.
He said the training of councilors, many of whom are just coming to the office for the first time, was a great opportunity and timely intervention by the NCCE.
Mr Marena, who urged the participants to put into good use the lessons learnt during the two-day interaction with NCCE officials, said it had exposed them to issues such as human right-based approaches, accountability, women rights, freedom of speech and good governance, among others.
For her part, Kaddijatou Jallow, an education advocacy Adviser at Action Aid International The Gambia, said the programme was as a result of a partnership between Action Aid and NCCE, supported by the UNDP.
She said the training was meant to orient councillors on the importance of development in their various wards.
While advising councillors to involve the communities in any planning process, she asserted that human right was one of the leading topics that were treated at the training.
Dawda K, Ceesay, the Councillor for Sare Soffie Ward, thanked the NCCE officials for the training, noting that many of them are just new entrants into the system, thus the need for some form of orientations.
He also described the training as very educative, adding that it would make a lot of impacts on their works.