There is no gainsaying that women are the pillars of development, particularly in Africa and The Gambia cannot be an exception. Therefore, empowering them should be everyone’s business. This would ensure sustained economic development and thus a secured household for all.
The Jammeh administration is very conscious of this fact and as a result, women empowerment has been and continues to be at the forefront of our national development agenda. Today women are occupying key political positions in the country; the Vice President Her Excellency Isatou Njie-Saidy is a classical example having served in that position for close to two decades now thus, the longest serving Vice President in the world.
Beside government policies and individual efforts of the President, our policymakers continue to seek public-private partnerships that are geared towards the advancement of its citizens, especially women and youth. Sen De Gel, a Turkish NGO operating in The Gambia is one such example. We would like to commend both the said NGO and Kanifing Municipal Council for the partnership that has yesterday brought four milling machines to as many communities within the Municipality.
As the Lord Mayor of Kanifing rightly stated, this is a partnership that is real, genuine, and based on mutual trust and understanding. It is, therefore, important for the beneficiary communities to ensure that the donated machines are used mainly for the purpose they are meant for.
According to the Mayor, the profits that would be made through these machines should not be used for wedding or naming ceremonies but for the development of the communities.
We would also like to commend the Coca Cola Foundation for sponsoring the purchase of these machines. If all the business institutions operating in the country can emulate this gesture by complimenting the efforts of government, our societies would definitely be one to envy.