Jan 11, 2010, 4:40 PM
Adama Barrow has promised to reunite the country and place it on a path to good
governance and democracy.
While addressing journalists in Dakar, Senegal, the new Gambian president said it was about time the country was repositioned to achieve greatness and development.
“The time is now as there cannot be a better time, because Gambians had waited for too long for this opportunity to become a reality.
“This government would involve all well-meaning citizens irrespective of political leanings and religion to build the country,” President Barrow said.
“We shall together do this in order to redeem the good image of the country and move it to greater heights.”
Barrow said the people of The Gambia were very happy that the change they yearned for had finally come, adding that all hands must be on deck to develop the country.
He promised to unite all for the good and development of the country.
“With unity of purpose a lot can be achieved within the space of a short time that everybody can be proud of anytime, anywhere.
“With everybody onboard, Gambia can become one of the great countries of the world going by its potential and human resources.’’
He, therefore, called on Gambians to give maximum support to the government, saying he was ready and willing to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of The Gambia.
“We shall embark on robust policies and programmes where everybody will have equal chance, as that is key in democracy.
“We are going to redeem all items in our manifesto for the benefit of the people. The Gambia is back, and we are ready to move it forward.
“We are also going to encourage people, especially Nigerians, to invest in the country and create more employment.
“We will encourage them and other foreign investors to go into production. We do not want the idea of buying and selling, because your life will depend on others. So, we will encourage people to go into production.’’
President Barrow also assured the people of adequate security, promising to leave a good legacy behind for the people and the country.
He specially appreciated the role played by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and ECOWAS and other international bodies that ensured that his mandate became a reality.