Thousands of Gambians drawn from all walks of life across the country including women and men, young and old, on Saturday converged in Kanilai for the official launching of the “Gambia is Green” imitative championed by the First Lady, Her Excellency Madam Zineb Jammeh.
The “Gambia is Green” initiative seeks to draw attention to the importance of food self-sufficiency, economic empowerment, environmental protection and poverty eradication. It also seeks to highlight and compliment the efforts of Government of The Gambia and His Excellency the President’s desire for agricultural economic empowerment as highlighted in Vision 2020, The Gambia National Agricultural Investment Plan and the Agricultural Natural Resources.
The daylong outing at the farms was characterised by massive harvesting at two of the vast maize and groundnut farms at the President’s Vision 2016 Farms. It was graced by the First Lady herself, His Excellency the President, the Vice President, cabinet ministers, National Assembly members and people from all sectors of life. They were not only present but were actively involved in the entire harvesting exercise.
In an interview with the Daily Observer on the sidelines of the launching, the Vice President and minister of Women’s Affairs, Her Excellency Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy described the convergence as a great activity because it was not the first time that Gambians have converged in Kanilai but Her Excellency Madam Zineb Jammeh thought it wise to lend support to His Excellency the President and the best way to do it is to lend support to the Vision 2016 imitative.
“We want to thank Her Excellency the First Lady for the initiative, for converging women and youth from all sectors of life from all the regions. We are very grateful and she has demonstrated that behind any successful man, is a woman,” VP Njie-Saidy said in an interview with the Daily Observer.
She commended the President for leading by example and assured him of another landslide victory come the 1st December Presidential Election. “Gambians and Africans are very appreciative of this great man [President Jammeh] and the First Lady [Madam Zineb Jammeh] because this is a very important initiative meant to promote the importance of Gambians eating what they grow and grow what they eat,” she said, adding that the “Gambia is Green” initiative is already successful.
Dr. Abubacarr Sengore, minister of Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology and Religious Affairs said the huge turnout is a clear indication that majority of Gambians are behind President Jammeh.
According to him, Gambians are committed to the ideals of President Jammeh and will continue to support him at all times. “President Jammeh is a good leader and that is why everyone is proud of him.”
Commenting on the upcoming presidential election, he said: “Election is no more an issue in this country, is just a constitutional requirement that we have to go through because majority of Gambians support APRC.”
Sulayman Samba, the secretary general and head of the Civil Service; Balla Garba Jahumpa, minister of Works and Transport; Alieu K Jammeh, minister of Youth and Sports; Alhaji Ismaila Sanyang, minister of Agriculture; and Dr. Fatou Lamin Faye, minister of Basic and Secondary Education all applauded the First Lady for raising Gambians’ consciousness of the importance of agriculture. They lauded Gambians for the massive turnout; something they also said demonstrates the popularity of President Jammeh among Gambians.
The daylong event ended with Sedio Band entertaining the crowd with their melodious songs for the President and the APRC Party.
by Alieu Ceesay