Barrow says Gambia has opportunity for “another draft constitution”

Jan 4, 2021, 11:55 AM

Having been rejected by the National Assembly of The Gambia, President Adama Barrow in his New Year message to the nation says all is not lost as the country still has the “opportunity to produce another draft Constitution at the appropriate time.”  

According to him, 2021 is expected to be a year of more vigorous political activities, as potential candidates prepare to contest for the highest office of the land.

“No matter what our dreams, wishes and hopes may be, let us all play by the rule and the law. Let the law and our noble values and conscience define our thoughts, decisions and actions. I address this plea to all political parties, surrogates and citizens alike. In particular, let us not allow any external interference in our national affairs and interpersonal relationships,” he advised.

“In The Gambia, rightly or wrongly, we tend to associate whatever happens with God, but we must admit that, individually and collectively, we are responsible for our actions and, therefore, their consequences. To a great extent, people determine the course of their lives and, thereby, the nature of their communities and the pace and level of their progress and development.

In view of this, it is obvious that the number and magnitude of our successes depend on the way we utilise the potential that resides in us and the resources put at our disposal. These include the land, water, fauna and flora, which have to be utilised wisely and usefully.”

He pointed out that individual differences within our families, communities and institutions do not allow us to think and act in the same way. “These differences, however, like our cultural diversity, can foster mutual cooperation, specialisation and division of work for the development of a healthy and productive society that can address challenges amicably and carve out avenues to attain set goals. I ask that we bear this in mind, and work in harmony to redeem the nation permanently from injustice, poverty and underdevelopment.”

Barrow also dilated on government projects, programmes and sector reforms, saying they are on course, as “we continue to monitor and keep them on track. In particular, the Civil Service reform is in progress to yield a motivated and dedicated workforce which is sincere to the nation, committed and guided by the regulations that govern service delivery.”

“The recent salary increments and the new pension scheme in place have been made attractive to align them with the realities of daily life and the cost of living in the country. These positive developments should result in boosting output, work ethics, discipline and professionalism.”

Read Other Articles In Headlines
Omar Ceesay v2
Furious transport union president questions Gambia’s democracy
Aug 19, 2020, 12:56 PM

The president of The Gambia National Transport Union, Omar Ceesay, has questioned the type of democracy being practised in The Gambia, as fury mounts over the way the Senegalese forces mount checkpoints in Bwaim and Kanilai, saying it disturbs Gambia’s transport system.

Buzz Women Gambia awards over D400K water project contract for Sukuta women garden
Jul 9, 2020, 11:20 AM

Buzz women, The Gambia, yesterday awarded a contract of 430, 000 dalasis project to Water Point Company for the provision of water supply at the Sukuta women garden in the West Coast Region, in response to its support to women amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Momodou Sabally
Sabally hits at Madi Jobarteh
Jun 18, 2020, 11:55 AM

Momodou Sabally, onetime secretary general and head of the Civil Service in the past government, has hit at Madi Jobarteh, one of the most vocal human right defenders in the country, for not showing up during the planned protest on Saturday against the killings of George Floyd and Modou Lamin Sisay, who both died last month at the hands of U.S. police.

UDP to intensify engagement in NBR after losing counsellorship by-election
Nov 9, 2020, 12:31 PM

The leader for the United Democratic Party (UDP), Lawyer Ousainou Darboe has stated that the UDP would intensify its engagement with the people of Jokadu in the North Bank Region (NBR) after losing the counsellorship by-elections to the National People’s Party (NPP) on Saturday.