We cannot afford to fail President Jammeh: Veep tells gov’t officials
Friday, July 13, 2012
The vice president and minister for Women’s Affairs has assured of Cabinet and the entire government machinery’s support to President Jammeh, saying they will never afford to fail him or the country. Her Excellency Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy was speaking Wednesday night at the closing of the 5th Government Retreat held in Kanilai from 10-11 July, 2012.
“He has all hopes in us and surely we wouldn’t fail him, because I know each
and every one of us. So we thank him for his patriotism and diligent commitment
to duty. We are setting good examples for the rest of the Gambian society so
that other social groups can also pick it from there.”
president stressed that effective service delivery depends entirely on the
group present at that gathering, saying, “If we succeed, services would be
delivered to the expectations of the Gambian people, but if we also fail May
God forbid, that is not the option and this is what the president always says.
We have made a lot of progress and any time we report on the achievements that
we have made in our different sectors, we see progress.
So I would want to take
this opportunity to thank President Jammeh for being that good captain of the
ship. It is because of his guidance and leadership that today the little Gambia
has made a name for itself. I can proudly stand anywhere and say that Gambian
people have not regretted renewing his mandate for the fourth time. We are
therefore, assuring him that we are grateful to him and that is what we mean”. She gave
the entire government machinery the credit for their successes, saying the
successes were possible mainly due to the teamwork spirit they had embraced
was no collaboration and camaraderie among us, we would not have come this far.
This can be attested to with jokes that existed amongst us during the sessions.
His Excellency has made us feel at ease by creating that friendly environment
for us to come out with our ideas and discussions and in-between we had jokes
to the extent that we didn’t even realise the time factor. Everything we did
was done as a team and in the interest of all Gambians, that is why the
president was very appreciative of it,” she further stated, assuring that this
is just the beginning of their work.
earlier, Dr Njogu Bah, the secretary general and head of the Civil Service,
said : “Indeed the two days was very intensive because we have had a jam-packed
agenda which supposed to be delved in four days but we had to compress the
sessions into two days. But notwithstanding, we had very exciting productive
sessions, reviewing our performance since the last cabinet retreat. This is a
major milestone in our efforts to enhance government performance,”
continued: “We must extend special thanks to His Excellency the president for
his foresight in initiating this retreat which is now steadily and rightly
getting entrenched in the governance of our country and for hosting the event
according to him, reaffirmed President Jammeh’s commitment to the government’s
development agenda designed to revitalise the productive sectors of the economy
and modernise the country to attain improved standard of living for all.
He opined that the strong representation and participation of all the ministers, their permanent secretaries and deputies show the growing desire and commitment to measuring and achieving results. “We should not therefore relent in consolidating sustaining this process,” he stressed.
Service boss described the gathering as an important self-evaluation and indeed
a peer review mechanism that will address the shortfalls in the implementation
of government programmes and policies, while urging them to manage the
resolutions and recommendations coming out of the forum which would be an
ultimate test for success.
“I would also like to express my appreciation to all Cabinet members for successfully accomplishing the task set for the retreat. It has indeed been two days of intensive interaction, which will undoubtedly yield dividend in the implementation of our organisational strategic plans. I urge you to do the same in your offices by regularly consulting among yourselves for any technical advice necessary,” he advised, saying they must complement each other’s effort which he believes has among other things, enabled them to meaningfully contribute to the accomplishment of the noble vision of President Jammeh in the past 18 years.
analysis of their engagement, according to him, clearly indicated their state
of preparedness and institutional absorptive capacities that has improved
tremendously. “We have today committed ourselves to a number of specific
actions to work on before the nextretreat all to be incorporated in the 2012-13 Fiscal Year Work Plan and
Budget,” he noted.
While appealing to his colleagues in the Civil Service to work closely with the office president, SG Bah also challenged the gathering to be serious and plan, implement, monitor and report on the actions for positive change and development. He on behalf of the entire government thanked President Jammeh for the warm hospitality accorded to them during their stay in Kanilai.
Decentralisation of air-ticket sales
Meanwhile, SG Bah during the closing of the retreat disclosed that the request for acquiring air tickets from other airlines other than GIA for government officials traveling overseas has been approved by President Jammeh.
He explained that only the Office of the President or the Office of the Vice President will authenticate clearance for overseas travel by government officials, instead of the police, as it used to be, following the recommendations of the permanent secretary’s retreat, which was presented and discussed at the 5th Government Retreat in Kanilai.
Author: Musa Ndow