Apr 25, 2008, 6:47 AM
Thousands of Gambians within Western Region over the weekend converged in Brikama to witness the historic inauguration ceremony of Alhagie Dembo Keleng Bojang, as the new chief of Kombo Central District.
In his official statement to mark the day, the Governor of Western Region, Mr. Lamin Sanneh underscored the significance of the day, noting that chiefs constitute a distinctive pillar of society and a core of the governance process of the country. He noted that the inauguration of Dembo Keleng Bojang marks yet another milestone in the annals of Brikama and the entire Western Region.
He stated that this inauguration is in fulfilment of the constitution and inline with the Local Government Act, meant to ensure adequate and effective decentralisation of power at the community level.
Governor Sanneh appealed to the people of Brikama and the entire Kombo Central district to ensure and foster unity and understanding among them without which, he said, there cannot be peace. He added that sincerity to the chiefs is paramount to the maintenance of peace which, he noted, the country has been yielding to continue. This, he said, will also allow the chiefs to carry out their duties effectively. He also appealed to the people of Brikama to nurture the traditions, culture and peace, which Brikama has been known for. He added that people must learn to respect authority, noting that Dembo Keleng Bojang is an indigenous son of the region, describing him as a sincere and staunch supporter of the APRC.
For his part, the Paramount Chief Alhagie Demba Sanyang expressed delight at the massive turnout of the people to the inauguration of the newly sworn-in chief. He said it demonstrates the respect and high regard the Gambian people have for their cultures and traditions, which he noted, has been championed by President Jammeh.
He described the new chief as "a very honest, loyal, industrious, and real patriotic citizens of The Gambia."