Jammeh visits major institutions in Taiwan
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The Gambian leader, Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh, continued his visit to Taiwan with a tour of important institutions and landmark places.
The president's Wednesday's schedule commenced with a visit to the Taipei University of Arts, where he was reported to have held discussions with both officials and students of the university. The Taipei University of Art comprises five schools of music, fine art, theatre, dance and culture.
The Gambian leader's visit to the university demonstrates the level of importance his government attaches to education, and his choice of destination also underscores his inclination to the promotion of culture and related disciplines. As a lover of art and culture, it was natural that President Jammeh was highly impressed with the artistic work on display at the university, and the performance the students staged for him left him all the more thrilled.
Speaking at that gathering, the Gambian leader noted that Taiwan could be of great importance in terms of rejuvenating Gambian art. Describing the relationship between The Gambia and Taiwan as excellent, Professor Jammeh reminded the students and officials present that it was the duty of the peoples of the two countries to ensure nurturing that relationship. As a gesture of appreciation to the university's remarkable performance, he donated an undisclosed sum of money to them.
Speaking at the occasion, the president of Taipei National University of Art pledged to establish a scholarship fund for Gambian students pursuing art. Later President Jammeh visited Taiwan Central Police University, an institution renowned for its production of graduates in the forms of not only cadet officers, but also credible personnel in the diplomatic world. President Jammeh harped on the effort of the Gambia police force in curbing criminal activities in the country.
Professor Jammeh was later represented at a meeting with Gambian students by the secretaries of state for Foreign Affairs and Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters, Dr Omar Touray and Yankuba Touray respectively, who reiterated President Jammeh's resolve in putting the education of the young people of The Gambia at the centre of the development of the nation. They implore the Gambian students to serve as good ambassadors of the country, maintaining that bad element must be identified and returned back home.
They reminded them that 10 sponsorships were up for grabs for the best 10 students to travel back home during every holiday. The president's Thursday's engagement is said to begin in the city of Kao-hsing.