July 22nd: A qualified revolution
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Lamin Waa Juwara, the governor of the Lower River Region, has said that the 22nd July 1994 Revolution is a "qualified revolution" as it has changed the country for the better.
Governor Juwara made this declaration recently in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at his Brikama residence. According to him, countries like Cuba, Libya and The Gambia are shining examples where revolution has taken place. He disclosed that The Gambia is undergoing an unprecedented development, socially, politically and economically.
Governor Juwara reminded that it is the duty of every citizen to contribute in accelerating this revolutionary change that President Jammeh has initiated. "The level of mass mobilisation has been amply manifested during the 15th anniversary celebration of the July 22nd Revolution and no honest Gambian can fail to notice the enthusiasm and the participation of The Gambian masses," he said. He revealed that today, the revolution is owned by the people and has been amply manifested by the massive response of the clarion call of back-to-land by President Jammeh, who most Gambians accept as a great leader.
The LRR governor disclosed that he has since, been calling on the people of Lower River Region to engage in a massive tree planting exercise and promised to turn Jarra Soma to a garden city. " The tree planting exercise is already underway and the government departments within the region and the general public, including the chiefs, youth and women groups are participating in the exercise. "The people of LRR will also be embarking on a massive sensitisation campaign on climate change and the environment so as to control the destruction of the forest cover in the region," he said. He then warned that there would be zero tolerance to deforestation in the region.
Juwara described LRR as politically stable region, noting that there are some few family feuds, which are traditional in nature, like the chieftancy and few Alkaloships crisis. He then announced that he has started to engage people and trying to bring the situations to normal since all those concerned are members of some extended family.
In the area of construction, Governor Juwara stated that work on the Mandinaba-Soma road is in progress and Soma which is the commercial centre with lots of potentials, would be properly planned to serve its purpose. He then thanked the central government for its contributions towards the national disaster preparedness.
Author: by Sidiq Asemota