Gambians urged to be tolerant, continue to dialogue

Jan 21, 2021, 11:27 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Yusupha Bojang, programmes manager National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) has encouraged Gambians to be tolerant, continue to dialogue and talk to defuse some of the tensions among them.

He added that without communication, tensions will always be high which usually brings fracas when it comes to elections.

The Gambia will later this year hold its presidential elections and Mr. Bojang said it is important they start engaging people on continuous basis to dialogue and communicate to ensure we have peaceful elections.

He made these remarks on Monday during a community dialogue initiative among women, youth and community leaders/structures training held at Njau.

The dialogue organised by NCCE and funded by UNICEF under the UN Peace Building Fund centers on the role of women and youth in grassroots governance and peace building.

The week-long dialogue will be held in three administrative regions (LRR, CRR and URR) targeting 240 participants (women, young people, communities leaders and the physically challenged. 

The theme for the training is “leaving no one behind: promoting women and youth participation in decision making and peace building.”

He further said that elections issues among citizens are among things polarising and dividing the country.

He stated that having more political parties in the country is good for democracy but was quick to add that it also comes with its challenges.

“The more political parties the muddier the water and more crowded the field becomes”, and added that it therefore requires people to be mindful of their actions and utterances. He warned if not, it can always lead to undesirable things.

Democracy, he also said calls for politics, adding that every citizen has a right to either form or join a political party. 

On the training, The NCCE Programs Manager said it focused on empowering women and youth participation in decision making and peace building initiative.

He noted that women and youth constitute more than half of our population but are usually left out in critical national decision making processes and peace building.

He also said that women and youth are also mostly the front liners when it comes to violence. They are also the most vulnerable and it is therefore important that they are engaged in any sustainable development and peace building initiative, he further said.