It is the responsibility of The Gambia government to ensure that its citizens continue to live in peace away from any threat of danger, damage, theft or crime. Therefore, there is no gainsaying that the authorities wouldn’t compromise any actions that would threaten or jeopardize the peaceful nature of this country.
Following his appointment almost a month ago, the new Interior Minister this week took three oaths of office, secrecy and allegiance where he swore to carry out his duties without fear or favour, affection or ill-will in accordance with the Constitution and other laws of The Gambia.
These words by the new Minister, as observed by protocol, are indeed encouraging for the significance of security towards national development cannot be overemphasised. No nation can achieve its development aspirations in the absence of peace and security.
The Gambia government is very conscious of this fact and the leadership of the country has ensured that every Gambian, irrespective of his or her political or tribal affiliation, sleeps well in a peaceful manner. As a result, The Gambia is among the few countries in the world that has a very low crime rate.
Just last week, we reported that the police have recently established a new PIU Camp in Makamasireh village in the Upper River Region to curb the isolated cases of unruly behaviour in the region. The police would now offer 24 hours patrol in the community to curb any violent behaviour in the region and the country at large.
But in as much as it is the primary responsibility of the government to ensure the maximum security of our lives and properties, it is also incumbent upon every citizen as well to help the security apparatus in the execution of their duties. We should serve as our own police officers by contacting police or reporting any abnormal happenings within our environments. This, in our opinion, would go long way in preserving the peaceful nature of the Smiling Coast of Africa.