Apr 7, 2021, 12:22 PM
For decades, the protection of basic human rights in Africa seemed to be championed mainly -- if not exclusively - by a handful of courageous and beleaguered civil society activists.
Mr. President, we should move forward. Gambians have made so much effort to bring the much-needed change - which we craved for 22 years - from dictatorship to democracy.
After years of waiting, The Gambia senor national team – Scorpions – have finally booked their place in the continent’s biggest football fiesta after defeating Angola 1-0 in a tightly-contested qualifier played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau last Thursday.
Mr. President March 25th was a historic and memorable day for the football fraternity which saw the Gambia qualify African cup of nations for the first time in history. The tournament is scheduled to take place in January 2022 in Cameroon.
As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, new fast-spreading variants have caused a surge in infections in many countries, and renewed lockdowns. The devastation of the pandemic - millions of deaths, economic strife and unprecedented curbs on social interaction - has already had a marked effect on people’s mental health.
Mr. President, since the contract of voter registration and elections materials were awarded to ESI, a Canadian company for US$3 million last month, there should not be any more time wasting for IEC to start the registration process in earnest.
The expansion of trade among sub-Saharan African nations holds the key to faster growth and development to the benefit of all its citizens. To unlock this potential, countries will have to focus more on trade facilitation, including the simplification and modernisation of trade procedures.
A German philosopher and noble peace winner, Albert Einstein once said that peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding. This clearly underscores the importance of ‘our collective efforts and strides’ in advancing world peace.
A new narrative on migration in Africa is emerging. It challenges and debunks commonly held perceptions and myths about African migration and African migrants, revealing that most people are not crossing seas and oceans to migrate, but rather crossing land borders in their quest for greener pastures.
Peace is not merely the absence of war, but the presence of justice, of law, of order in short, of government. And government cannot promote law, order and justice for all unless it is built upon a strong moral and legal foundation. In the end, the individual human heart is where war and peace both begin.
Mr. President, we join the whole nation especially the Gambia Police Force in mourning the sudden demise of IGP Mamour Jobe, which happened Saturday after a short illness. May Allah forgive him his shortcomings and grant him highest heavens.