The Revolution at 18
Friday, July 20, 2012
mark the 18th Anniversary of the July 22nd Revolution, a revolution that laid
the foundation for ambitious vision which has continued to trail all sectors of
revolution, which was wholly embraced by the young and old, ushered in a change
of leadership that Gambians had for a long time been yearning for. Massive
developments streamed in within a short period of time and Gambians mobilised
in unison to praise the ‘soldiers with a difference’. Accountability,
transparency and probity were institutionalised, while corruption and nepotism
were flushed out of the administration of public affairs.
A new wave of consciousness and
awareness among the masses was evidently conspicuous in the political andsocio-cultural terrains of the country. Unprecedented developments in
the country’s political history became the order of the day. In short, a new Gambia
was born on July 22, 1994.Suffice
it to say, the Revolution came into being with a purpose and clearly
articulated objectives forself-determination and sustainable development of the country.
revolutionary leadership has demonstrated beyond all reasonable doubts its
commitment to the promotion of national identity and unity as well as the
improvement of the lives of our people in both the moral and material sense.
One needs not much to see the advancement in the political process, economic
development, social emancipation and progress, cultural revitalisation and
promotion that is accompanying the Revolution.
today, the revolutionary leadership did not in any way distance itself from the
core pillars that brought it to administer the affairs of people
-accountability, transparency and zero tolerance for corruption, all benchmarks
with which a revolutionary government can be measured. Above all, the
Revolution saw the commencement of projects such as construction of roads,
establishment of health facilities, construction of schools, and establishment
of the first University Extension Programme in the country and subsequently the
University of The Gambia (UTG) in 1999.
the numerous developments registered by the Revolution, there is ample evidence
that it has fully incorporated the authority of the people in an everlasting
and inclusive manner in governance. The Revolution has given the masses a wide
scope to achieveself-confidence and to control their political, economic, social and
cultural resources.An independent
electoral commission was established by the Revolution, in addition to a
locally architected constitution and revival of the country’s judicial system.
A change of
attitude on the part of the citizenry, particularly on the part of our youth is
therefore essential to complement the efforts of the government in our
development process. It is widely argued that every government is a reflection
of its people. Therefore, the extent of popular participation will determine
how well a government will serve its people.
What we should do now is to continue to manifest a high spirit of support and loyalty and be in solidarity with the efforts of the government. Remember, 18 years has placed us on a greater path to success than ever before in the annals of our history.
Author: Daily Observer