The First Lady of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia, Her Excellency Madam Zineb Yahya Jammeh has thanked the Gambian people for the continued love and support to President Jammeh and the APRC Party.
This was contained in a statement delivered on behalf of the First Lady by the Vice President and Minister for Women’s Affairs, Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy. She was addressing thousands of Gambian women drawn from across the country, including the First Lady, Cabinet Ministers and APRC stalwarts in Soma for a mass women rally meant to say “thank you” to the President.
The First Lady said the women of the country are proud to have President Jammeh who has greatly empowered them. “We have witnessed over the years tremendous achievements in the history of women’s empowerment since the advent of the Second Republic,” she said.
First among the gigantic strides in the advancement of women by the APRC government according to the First Lady, is the 1997 National Constitution which provides the legislative basis for Gender Equality. “The main aim of this government is to fight against poverty hence, we have been developing programmes that will ensure significant reduction of poverty among Gambian women, through the provision of livelihood skills to women through vocational training, the provision of low interest credit facilities/grants for business start-ups and improvement purposes, provide training on the management of these business ventures as well as try to eradicate cultural and traditional barriers including land tenure system that prevent women from owning land and other economic resources,” she affirmed.
Madam Zineb Jammeh further reminded the rally that the government recognises education as key to national development, hence the reason to ensure that equal educational opportunities for both men and women are guaranteed through affirmative actions such as the introduction of free basic education.
On health and social welfare, Madam Jammeh said the health policies and programmes have also made significant impact as there are significant increases in the number of government hospitals with effective, accessible and affordable reproductive health services, low prevalence rate of HIV as well as the decline of infant mortality rate.
“The Government of The Gambia has made tremendous strides in various areas, such as health, education, empowerment of women and the youth, children’s issues; and agriculture in particular, it’s vision 2016 food self-sufficiency agenda, just to name a few” she asserted.
“This is a new era for women’s emancipation as we have achieved a lot and will surely continue to achieve more under the stewardship of our beloved President and father of the Nation, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh, Babili Mansa.”
Amidst wild scenes of jubilation and chanting, the First Lady joined the women of The Gambia to pledge their utmost allegiance and faith in President Jammeh and his sterling leadership.
by Alieu Ceesay
& Salif M Touray in Soma, LRR