Oct 10, 2008, 4:05 AM
The University of The Gambia (UTG) on Tuesday bade farewell to outgoing US Ambassador Pamela Ann White at a ceremony held at the American Corner on Kairaba Avenue.
The ceremony also witnessed the presentation of prizes to the winners of the recently concluded Ambassador’s Debate tournament sponsored by the US embassy.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Muhammed O. Kah, vice chancellor of the UTG, said they would miss the outgoing US ambassador because she had left a mark at the UTG during her stay in the country.
He also urged her to visit whenever she wishes and promised that they would continue to partner with the US embassy.
In response, outgoing US Ambassador WhiTe said Dr Kah “is a visionary leader” who returned from abroad to his country to build a great university.
She said she was also proud of the students of the UTG because “you cannot have a great university without the students”.
Ambassador White also said you cannot have a great country without a university, adding that when she was asked why she always supported girls’ education, she replied by saying “African girls will change the continent with education”.
According to Ambassador White, she would never forget The Gambia because when she hears the students talk about rights with confidence her heart sings.
Ansumana Darboe of the UTG, in his remarks, said they are grateful to the outgoing US ambassador and her embassy for their support, especially in sponsoring the Ambassador’s Debate tournament.
Darboe said he is hopeful that “the partnership will continue” even after the departure of Mrs. White.