Every community needs a few driving force to take on missions and see them through to fruition. The Gambia under the leadership of President Jammeh is fortunate to have perhaps more than its share of people who step up and make things happen, who see the possible when most others see only obstacles, and who help ensure that the quality of life so many refer to here is at the level we all love to brag about.
On Saturday at the State House in Banjul, the President recognised the tremendous contributions of up to 21 Diasporan Gambians since the advent of the July 22nd Revolution 22 years ago. He decorated them with national honours. The actions of these recipients represent the best kind of community spirit, things we should all make the effort to aspire to.
The Vice President and Minister of Women’s Affairs, Her Excellency Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy said it was one thing to identify with the known but a completely different thing to not only identify with and not being committed to it, come rain come shine.
“You belong to the latter category and this is what has made you come up, head and shoulders above the rest. Your loyalty and serviceability to the establishment are indeed, worthy of emulation. If you can so diligently and consistently serve your country for many years, it stands to all good reasons that your love for your country remains to be your beacon for commitment,” The VP said to the Diasporan Gambian awardees.
“I cannot conclude this brief statement without emphasising that this auspicious occasion must be seen to be a deeply motivating one that should catapult others in particular the youths, to the echelons of patriotic commitment to sustainable national development proudly handling and ready to pass on the baton in this relay of national development. This is what His Excellency the President of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia has always said. We must be seen to be ready to sacrifice over and beyond the simple call of duty to taking the extra mile in the best interest of our Dear Motherland.”
Meanwhile, the following people in the Diaspora were among the many hundreds of people from various regions of The Gambia including ruling party loyalists and donors honoured as part of celebrations marking 22 years of the July 22nd Revolution.
Fatou Camara– Sweden; Malick Camara – Germany; Sulayman Shyngle Nyassi – UK; Pa Modou Mbowe – UK; Malick Mbye – Atlanta, United States; Batch Samba Jallow – Atlanta, United States; Edward Babel – Maryland, United States; Omar Jallow – North Carolina, United States; Abdoulie Njie – USA; Aja Sally Mass – Birmingham, UK; Noo Dampha – France; Coker Njie – Sweden; Ibrahim Manneh – UK; Foday Chorr, UK; Burama Colley – Germany; Babanding Taal – Germany; Morikebba Sanneh – US; Mamie Jallow – US; Malaim Beyai – France; Isatou Bojang France and Samsudeen Sarr New York City, United States.
by Musa Ndow