The President of The Gambia Football Federation (GFF), Lamin Kaba Bajo, has continued his testimony on the monumental achievements registered by the July 22nd Revolution, dilating on education, agriculture, women’s empowerment, health, judiciary and sports.
He cited the President’s achievements in the Education Sector as remarkable, recalling the doubts of speculative whispers shortly before the July 22nd Revolution that The Gambia was not ready for a university. This, Kaba said, was a slap in-the-face and that the Revolution has proven them wrong.
“University of The Gambia we all know now is a well-known university across the world,” he said. “The creation of the School of Medicine was something else that has received some apprehension from some quarters.”
He argued that most of the graduates from the School of Medicine and Allied Sciences have performed remarkably well outside the country particularly in their areas of specialties. This, he said, is an indication that the University is not only viable but offers quality education to Gambians. “The last time I was in hospital and I feel too happy and humble when I saw some young Gambians; men and women; hanging their stethoscope hanging over their necks. These are young Gambians crisscrossing the corridors of the hospitals.”
He said that these are things that one cannot quantify as they happen in all the sectors of development. He indicated that today, farming has been transformed in such a way that the profession is no longer meant for only the child of a farmer, but for everybody. He acknowledged that today one may not do farming for luxury, but to even lead by example as seen in His Excellency the President.
The GFF boss further pointed out that the developments in all sectors are beyond measures, as he made specific reference to infrastructure. “This is something unprecedented,” he said. “Now, you and I can leave this office and go and have lunch in any part of Kiang.”
On good governance and democracy, he said that there are certain institutions that are put in place such as the Ombudsman, which he said have dealt with so many cases. “We have seen how many cases the Office of the Ombudsman has taken, which nobody thought they would have taken; putting government institutions to task,” he said, adding they do their job impartially.
The Judiciary, he said, is equally operating as a separate and independent arm of government. He indicated that the high numbers of home-trained lawyers have immensely contributed to the success of the judiciary in the country. He added that today, regional high courts are available in all the regions, which he said has made it easier for Gambians in the provinces not to travel all the way to Banjul for court sessions.
Mr. Bajo also described the establishment of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) as a monumental achievement for the July 22nd Revolution, noting that their role as an independent body has filled Gambians with trust in them.
On women empowerment, he said, it has manifested from the beginning by the Jammeh Administration with the President appointing four females into his first Cabinet. Since then, he said, the country has seen so many women occupying so many important positions, citing the vice president of The Gambia, as classical example. “Women have been brought to the forefront of development and no longer seen as secondary partners, but co-partners,” he said.
On sports, Mr. Bajo said, there has been remarkable improvement in all disciplines of sports in the country, as the President and his government have given maximum attention to sports. “The Ministry of Sports has been strengthened and empowered with the creation of the National Sports Council,” he said, adding that relations between other sporting bodies and Federations have also been further strengthened.
by Bekai Njie