Jul 30, 2009, 8:18 AM
The Association of Social Workers in The Gambia (TASWIG) recently elected a new executive to run their affairs at MDI in Kanifing.
Yaya Muhammed Bah, the outgoing President of the association addressing the gathering said this is the third congress since the inception of the association, while appealing to the participants to ensure that professionalism prevails throughout the congress period.
Sheriffo Makalo, the outgoing Secretary-General of the association, gave an overview of their association, which he said, was formed in 2007. He added that since then, the members had overcome all stumbling-blocks and realised their dreams.
He stated that the association has over the years visited prominent people in the country, including the Ambassador of the United States of America to The Gambia, and the then Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Mariatou Jallow.
The IEC team, headed by Mr. Lamin Barrow called on Lamin Saidykhan to read the rules of the election. The debate was hot but agreement was reached at the end of the session. The key positions were vied for while others went unopposed.
Yaya Muhammed Bah, Moses Jarju, Bintou H.K. Fatty and Sanna Jatta, emerged as the President, assistant Secretary-General, Treasurer and Auditor, respectively.
Ebrima Danso scored 17 votes, while Awa Marie Gomez scored14 votes with three invalid votes registered in the post of the Vice-President. Fanding Barrow was elected as Secretary after scoring 17 votes, while Habiba B. Sule was elected as PRO.
Awa Marie Gomez urged them to take the association seriously, noting that it is like a young baby that needs a lot of attention and care to grow. The new President vowed to move the association forward.