The President of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia and the leader of the ruling party Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) Party, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Dr. Alhaji Yahya AJJ Jammeh, Babili Mansa said Gambians should expect free and the best medical care for all by 2021.
President Jammeh made this pledge on Thursday while speaking to the press shortly after filing in his nomination papers as the APRC candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election. He filed in his nomination at Election House along the Bertil Herding Highway in the afternoon.
The Gambian leader was escorted to the Election House by tens of thousands of loyalists and supporters. Among them included the First Lady, Her Excellency Madam Zineb Jammeh; the vice president and minister of Women’s Affairs, Her Excellency Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy; Cabinet ministers, speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Alhaji Abdoulie Bojang; National Assembly members; regional governors; chiefs; amongst others.
“By the next five years, the country would have achieved three things: free university education and free education at all levels; the country would have reached high income status; and the country would just be four years away from the economic superpower status,” he affirmed.
“And in fact by the grace of the Almighty Allah we don’t need to go beyond 2021 to be an economic superpower. In the next five years, by the grace of the Almighty Allah many countries would be begging us [Gambia] for assistance because we have the resources.”
The President further told the waiting press: “One thing we have achieved that many people are not talking about, when you read and watch the European news these days, they are saying for UK, France and others it will take them in the next 20 years for gender parity in salary pays. In this country, since 1994 and I cannot remember a year even before me where men and women are paid differently because they are women. In this country, the male permanent secretaries are paid the same salary as women.”
He added that The Gambia is second to none as far as women empowerment is concerned, citing the longest serving female vice president in the world is Her Excellency Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy.
by Alieu Ceesay