Mar 12, 2009, 5:46 AM
Three Gambian military officers have been awarded Taiwanese defence scholarships to study in the Republic of China on
Lieutenant Colonel Salieu Dem, Cadet Officer Modou S. Jallow and Cadet Officer Basady Gassama were bade farewell by the Taiwanese Embassy in
According to the authorities, the goal of the study programmes is aimed, among others, at developing the human resources, cultivate military leadership and promote the military co-operation and ties between
Speaking on the occasion, the Ambassador of the Republic of China on
Ambassador Shih assured the gathering that this magnanimous gesture will not be the last, announcing his embassy's commitment to work hard to secure scholarships for the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) in
The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Defence, Harry Sambou, urged the awardees to concentrate on their studies. "You are all pioneers" he said, further calling on them to face the challenges.
"See yourself as soldiers under the military rules," Sambou reminded the awardees.
PS Sambou commended President Yahya Jammeh for his guidance in trying to professionalize the armed forces to be among the best, not only in the sub-region but in the world at large.
Also speaking at the ceremony was Major General Ousman Badjie, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, who described the occasion as joyous for the members of the
He also commended the Republic of China on
Major General Badjie cautioned the military officers to emulate their previous colleagues and be good ambassadors.
Cadet Officer Basady Gassama thanked the Republic of China on