Students of The Gambia Law School who are pursuing a one-year professional and vocational training have extolled the President for the foresight of establishing the Law School in the country.
The students – beneficiaries of the July 22nd Revolution that ushered in the establishment of the country’s first Law School – hailed the Revolution spearheaded by His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh, Babili Mansa, and described it as a turning point.
Below are the views of some of the students who spoke to the Daily Observer at the Law School complex, formerly the National Assembly building in Banjul:
Eyong Gerard Tabot, Cameroonian student
The Gambia is a peaceful country, highly recognised academically at international level and that is the reason why I chose to do my bar here. In that respect, I would like to thank the President of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia and I am praying that God continues to bless him for the wonderful idea of establishing a Law School in The Gambia.
Actually, I am not the only Cameroonian student for this academic year in The Gambia Law School. We are seven in number. Others are not around because of the preparations for the final examination that is scheduled to start on 8th August 2016. The number of Cameroonian students in The Gambia continues to increase thanks to the hospitality and peaceful nature of Gambians. I must also thank the President for the conducive environment he has created for The Gambia Law School and I am praying for my fellow students good luck in their upcoming final bar examination.
Adama Sillah, Gambian Student
Hail the giver of knowledge for it is twice blessed of the giver than the receiver. It is a blessing to be taught and educated in your own country. Reading beside your relatives without having to step outside is an opportunity that cannot be paid for.
I wonder what would have become of young people if there was no institution of academia under our feet. Without the University of The Gambia (UTG), the Faculty of Law and The Gambia Law School, a lot of brilliant minded young people would have perished in the streets but with the coming of the July 22nd Revolution, talented young people like myself have realised their potentials and dreams and are determined to define their future.
I really want to thank the July 22nd Revolution headed by President Jammeh, whose utmost wish is to have the entire Gambian populace educated.
Omar Suso, Gambian Student
The Gambia Law School, the Faculty of Law and other faculties under the University of The Gambia have enabled many people to realise their dreams especially for those who want to become legal practitioners in this country and beyond.
It was a far-fetched dream prior to the establishment of the Law School. It has given the younger generation the opportunity to contribute effectively to the legal sector and the socio-economic development of this country. As an employee of the National Legal Aid Office, I am a fervent believer in human rights and I have a desire for providing effective and efficient access to justice for all, especially to the vulnerable people.
Having the opportunity of being a Bar candidate, I have no doubt that upon the successful completion of the programme it would enhance the provision of access to justice for all, particularly for those who needed it the most. I must seize this opportunity to thank my lecturers and school authorities for the valuable service delivery.
Modou Lamin Jallow, Gambian Student
The Gambia Police Force and other security units are some of the key beneficiaries to be trained at The Gambia Law School and other faculties under the University of The Gambia. There are three police officers, three soldiers of The Gambia Armed Forces and one Drug Law Enforcement Agency officer training at the Law School for this academic year. It is a pride and privilege for us coming from the forces to be trained at the Law School. The initiative to establish a Law School that grooms officers is not only a plus to us but a credit to the authorities.
We are privileged in the sense that the cost of studies would have been expensive if we were to be trained abroad. Before the advent of The Gambia Law School, you hardly have officers trained as lawyers. We are grateful to the state for the impact the school has had on officers and other institutions.
by Sanna Jawara & Lama S. Jallow