May 30, 2011, 1:39 PM
The Gambia Tourism Board (GT Board) has come out clean on the increasing number of people, especially children drowning at sea.
The concern of the GT Board should be shared by all and sundry, as we cannot afford to be losing lives, especially young ones, in such cheap circumstances when such deaths could be averted through applying simple measures, such as preventing children from “swimming in the Atlantic Ocean unsupervised whilst picnicking on the beach.”
“The Gambia Tourism Board (GT Board) has observed with great concern the increasing number of people, especially children drowning at sea,” a press release by TGT Board has said, reasoning that most of these deaths are caused by lack of supervision of swimmers during picnics organized, especially of children on the beach.
“As we approach the summer season when Sunday beach parties and picnics are popular, the GT Board wishes to inform the general public to be extra mindful of their children to avoid going to the beach unaccompanied by adults,” the GT Board release further states.
We should be seen to be showing real care for our children not only towards promoting and protecting their rights and welfare, but also in ensuring that they are well looked after and monitored to guide them in their actions, so they do not do things on their own accord that would be detrimental to them.
In fact, part of observing the rights of our children is to ensure that their lives are not endangered such as by guarding against anything that would take their lives cheaply.
We really should not show such a 'love’ as much as leaving our children on their own practising all sorts of games and vices that are inimical to their lives and rightful growth.
Essentially, we should watch over our children to ensure they do the right thing at all times, and grow to become good citizens and serve our nation better.
Since the Gambia Tourism Board (GT Board) has observed with great concern the increasing number of people, especially children drowning at sea, mostly as a result of swimming unsupervised whilst picnicking on the beach, the Board’s management has decided “to remind all would-be picnickers to obtain permission from GT Board to avoid being stopped from going to the beach to enjoy their picnics.”
This is a step in the right direction, as it would serve as a check on the uncontrolled manner our children go to the beach for such programmes as picnics and end up engaging in swimming to the detriment of their lives.
“Caring for our young should be ensured at all times and all places.”