An award made in USA

When we reported less than two weeks ago that the President was in recipient of a prominent award by the Nigerian Sustainable Development Network, we predicted more awards of its kind for Babili Mansa in the not too distant future.

Not because we were privy to any advance information but we made those predictions based on President Jammeh’s commitment to the development of The Gambia and by extension the continent. We didn’t realise at the time that less than a fortnight on we would be reporting on another Jammeh award but that was exactly what happened during the past weekend.

This latest award by the African Leadership Magazine during its 7th award in Washington DC, United States, conferred the Gambian leader for his strides in the Gambian economy, espousing healthy macroeconomic policies, which has contributed to the development of people-oriented projects, leading the government towards focusing on aggressive development agenda and an impressive track record of good governance and economic growth, thereby transforming the living standards of the people and leading to a decline in the poverty rate in the country.

These two awards came hot on the heels of a prestigious double FAO Award to the President in recognition to efforts made in reversing the prevalence of malnutrition and undernourishment to less than 5% in 2015 and the MDG 1c target of reducing the ubiquity of undernourishment.

This was soon followed by another award for the achievement in gaining access to clean and drinkable water within a 15-minute walk by the African Union. This was achieved because Professor Jammeh has accorded high priority to safe drinking water.

These internationally acclaimed awards have all gone to recognise the Jammeh administrations drive to improving the livelihood of all Gambians, thus making the country a safe heaven for all its citizens.

So just as we commend the African Leadership Magazine for giving credit where it is due, we would like to implore on other institutions to follow suit and refuse to be partisan in their decision-makings.