A former APRC National Mobiliser, Yankuba Touray, who served in various ministerial posts during the Second Republic has asserted that the July 22nd Revolution has done a lot for Gambians in all spheres of development, especially in the areas of health, education, agriculture and infrastructure.
He said most Gambians have witnessed unprecedented development brought in by the Revolution. “What the government can do for its people is to make sure that it provides quality education and quality healthcare system and infrastructure to facilitate trade and other economic activities and this is exactly what the July 22nd Revolution brought about,” he said.
The various strides in development, Touray posited, is undoubtedly a great achievement for the Revolution. “All these developments we are talking about, without sustained national security there is no way that we can achieve what we have achieved today under the dynamic leadership of His Excellency the President, and we believed that President Jammeh has ensured that national security is provided both for our lives and properties and that is the most important for any government,” he said.
“The July 22nd Revolution has done a lot for Gambians; if you look at the sub-region for example in terms of security, I think Gambia is one of the most secured countries and that has been manifested by series of interventions by His Excellency the President in terms of stabilising other countries in the sub-region. He has been called upon to champion security issues in the ECOWAS region and that in itself is a gigantic stride by the July 22nd Revolution.”
On health and agriculture, according to Touray, the APRC government has ensured that even the poorest Gambian has access to markets either to the capital or any major town to sell his/her agricultural produce.
“They equally have access to hospitals. You can remember before the July 22nd Revolution, you can imagine traveling from Barra to Farafenni was a nightmare and even the women when they harvested their vegetables to get to even Farafenni was a problem and most of their perishable goods got spoiled because there was no good road facility,” he further recounted.
As a result of the Revolution, he added, Gambians can today communicate with anybody anywhere in the world. “Even the Kiangka’s can browse internet from Kiang, they can use Viber or any other social media network to communicate to anybody anywhere thanks to the July 22nd Revolution. As I am speaking to you I am at my farm in the village, Gambians never thought of these twenty years ago. So the July 22nd Revolution has a lot to celebrate and boast of,” he said.
On energy, he said, before the takeover, The Gambia had epileptic electricity supply but we can now boast of extensive coverage. “We have improved the urban electricity and we have also extended electricity to most of the areas and like the President once said he wants The Gambia to be a city-state and really this is a process and we are moving step by step towards achieving the President’s objective of turning The Gambia into a city-state.
If you go to most of the rural areas today you enjoy the same social amenities like that of the urban areas, that is contributing to controlling the rural-urban drift, most youths now prefer staying in their villages because the facilities they have in the urban area, are now available in their villages and I think the President is ready to do more for the country so we should give him all the support come December, 2016,” he said.
My message to Gambians, he went on, is that the government cannot do it all alone, noting that government is a mere facilitator and that the July Revolution will continue to create the enabling environment for Gambians to do more for themselves both the public and the private sector. “Let the people understand that Gambia with our meager resources, the government is managing to improve the wellbeing of Gambians, this is a process and not an event,” he concluded.
by Musa Ndow