Future In Our Hands-The Gambia (FIOHTG) has recently convened a day’s interface dialogue between the people of Sami and their representatives at Jamaly Ganyado village in Sami district, CRR north.
The participants included National Assembly Members and ward councilors.
Speaking at the ceremony, the senior programme officer at the Community Development Unit, Bubacarr M.L Camara, stated that the programme aims to promote political and economic advancement through community civic education under the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) peace project. He added that it is a 12-month project designed to expand and consolidate the gains from the previous NED-funded projects on civic education, democracy, good governance and basic human right issues in the rural communities of The Gambia.
Camara further informed that the project was piloted in Jimara in the Upper River Region.
He applauded the community of Sami for their collaboration and support.
Also speaking, Ebrima Drammeh, programme officer at the Community Development Unit, assured of FIOHTG’s resolve to continue its sensitisation and awareness raising for rural communities on civic rights and responsibilities, community policing for national security; on Women and Children’s Acts, customary laws, local governance decentralisation, as well as ECOWAS protocol on free movement of people and goods.
Drammeh noted that the peace project is expected to increase political and economic consciousness of rural communities for effective and efficient participation in nation building, and that FIOHTG is collaborating with other stakeholders in the implementation process.
The NAM of Sami, Hon Ousman Njie, hailed the efforts of FIOHTG for complementing Government’s efforts in the socio-economic advancement of the rural communities.
He called on people of Sami to make best use of opportunities accorded them.
by Lamin SM Jawo