The vice president has disclosed that over 1,500 households would not have to worry about tuition fees for attaining university education in the country because the Gambian government under the dynamic leadership of President Jammeh has provided scholarships for members of these households.
This, she added is in addition to another 4,000 households that had already benefitted from the same gesture, adding that the Gambian leader will not be contented until higher education becomes absolutely free in the country.
Her Excellency Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy made this revelation on Friday as she presided over the laying of the foundation stone for the US$54.3 million new UTG campus at Faraba Bantang.
“My government will continue to proudly and unapologetically focus its development agenda on the youth of this country and through UTG and other tertiary institutions. My government will continue to build the requisite skills of the youth to prepare them for labour markets and self-employability,” VP Njie-Saidy said on behalf of Professor Jammeh.
She further stated that by 2018, the government will leave no stone unturned to make sure that university education becomes absolutely free in the country.
In keeping with the vision of the UTG, VP Njie-Saidy strongly emphasised that the Jammeh administration will continue to facilitate investment in capacity building in all forms. She informed the gathering that for the past 22 years, government has resolved to break the undesirable trends which restricted higher education opportunities to few due to cost and non-existence.
“My government’s priority has been and will continue to be the creation of an unfettered access to education from basic to the highest level of education to all regardless of the individual backgrounds,” she asserted.
VP Njie-Saidy happily stated that at basic and secondary level, education is no longer a luxury but a right as guaranteed under the constitution. She emphasised that free and accessible education will continue to remain central to the Jammeh administration’s agenda, adding that government’s investment in university education will push the country to pioneering new frontiers.
According to VP Njie-Saidy, UTG will not only be a centre of excellence in various disciplines including physical science but will also serve as a center for promoting African proud heritage through the delivery of proper pedagogic appropriate curriculum.
by Lamin B. Darboe