May 30, 2008, 5:58 AM
Officials of Senegalo-Gambia Boundary Commission recently held a sensitization meeting with cross-border communities on the protection of boundary pillars.
The synergy was held at the Amdalai border in the North Bank Region.
The commission was established by the two governments of The Gambia and Senegal some years back by the founding fathers of both nations, with the view to identifying boundary pillars.
Speaking on the occasion, Saikou Sanyang, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Lands and Regional Government, has underscored the importance the two governments attach to the protection and maintenance of boundary pillars to enhance and consolidate existing peace and stability between The Gambia and Senegal.
He said the sensitization would contribute to the quest for promoting and strengthening mutual understanding and cooperation among the border villages.
PS Sanyang hailed the two governments for the foresight and periodic sensitizations on the protection of boundary pillars.
Governor Lamin Queen Jammeh of North Bank Region noted that the public awareness of the border villages is fundamental in the maintenance of peace and stability between the two countries.
Governor Jammeh reiterated the two heads of state and government’s commitment in protecting the two peoples, and reaffirmed the region’s support for the agreement.
For his part, Governor Lamin Sanneh of West Coast Region said the establishment of the boundary commission would contribute to the maintenance of peace as well as promote free movement of goods and services.
He said boundary pillars should not be seen as a barrier and called on the two peoples to promote mutual understanding and peace-building.
The head of the Senegalese delegation Colonel Menga reassured of their support and cooperation to the committee’s work and hailed the two governments for the border sensitization.
Deputizing the Inspector General of Police, Yaya Touray advised security officers to be vigilant and contribute in building peace between the two countries.
The occasion was attended by the alkalolu and chief of Essau, Bakary Nana Sonko, who all expressed their support and cooperation to the boundary commission.