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Ushering in the New Year

Jan 3, 2012, 2:16 PM

As we usher in the New Year, we must plan properly and work hard to achieve our individual goals and collective national development aspirations.

The past year was not an easy one for many people around the world, including those of us in The Gambia.

The quest by the poor and marginalised to claim their rights and dignity took its toll around the world in the past year, notably in the Arab world.

Also, since the economic crisis is not yet over, coupled with our domestic challenges such as low crop yields, it seems that we have more challenges ahead.

What this really means for us all is to work much harder against all difficulties.

We must take advantage of the advent of the New Year to continue demanding for our human rights and dignity.

It is also a period which we should use to reflect on the past year, and have a self assessment of the year.

Despite the predicaments in some areas, the New Year could be even better for us than the 2011, but only if we prepare ahead of any uncertainty.

We are using this opportunity to urge people, especially neighbours, colleagues and friends who are not in good terms with each other to reconcile, and look forward to a prosperous New Year.

We are also using this opportune moment to call on all Gambians to put their hands together and work for a better Gambia in 2012, and also to forgive one another.

Finally, the management and staff of The Point newspaper are wishing all our esteem readers and customers a Happy and Prosperous New Year.