The 5th gov’t retreat
Thursday, July 12, 2012
As we have always stated, one of the fundamental tasks of a representative and responsible government is to fulfil the ever-increasing needs and dynamic aspirations of the citizenry. Besides, the entire process of development is complex and requires sound government polices and programmes as its outcome is achieved when the people increase jointly, their capacity in dealing with their environment. It is only a proactive, people-centred and action-oriented government that engenders such sound policies and programmes and enhancing its capacity to fulfil its mandate.
In respect of these, it is worth mentioning that 17 years now such people-centred leadership qualities are on a daily basis being manifested by President Jammeh. The 5th retreat of the government; where various public officials and other stakeholders come together to reflect on the country’s future ended yesterday in Kanilai. The retreat, which is always organised under the directives of the Gambian leader, is no doubt a clear indication of government’s commitment to meeting the development aspirations of the country.
Just as the president himself stated at the opening of the retreat, 17 years today, so much development has been achieved but there is still more work to be done. The coming together of public officials to review the progress and challenges of the country’s development process and as well formulate strategic plans to ensure the speedy accomplishment of our development achievements could therefore not come at a better time. This has indeed demonstrated the ever-increasing zeal of the president to fulfilling the needs and aspirations of the people.
We therefore reiterate the usual call of the president for
the public officials to tighten their belts for the accomplishment of our
common good. It cannot be argued otherwise that President Jammeh has placed
this country on the path of massive modernisation and development.
maintenance of peace and security, coupled with a hospitable environment has
given birth to an expansion of both the public and private sector; the
decentralisation and subsequent civil service reform, infrastructure among
others. Avenues for
self-employment have also been opened and expanded; with the establishment of
the youth service scheme and foresight initiatives like ‘back-to-the-land’,
every Gambian has a chance of living an improved and decent livelihood.
This, however, does not mean that our civil servants should relax.
Much has been accomplished but much still needs to be done. They should
continue to uphold the President as a role model and work collectively in the
interest of the nation.
Suffice it to say, our technocrats and administrators and all other stakeholders should realise that we have gone very far in national development, they should double their efforts to guarantee the sustainability of what has been achieved and move the country forward.
Author: Daily Observer