The President of the Republic of The Gambia has made an appeal to Gambians to be loving and caring and always have good intention for one another. He said the “heart” is the road to peace and it is also the road to the biggest horror, saying people must always have clean heart towards one another.
Speaking at a meeting on day-two of his ‘Dialogue with the people’s tour’ at Kerr Jarga, in Jokadou District, North Bank Region on Tuesday, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa called on Gambians to believe in Allah and him alone. “Every true practicing Muslim understands that tribalism is a transgression of Allah’s command,” he said.
President JammehPresident Jammeh told the gathering that from 1994 to date, he has thanked Allah for fulfilling his objectives for the country, saying today, he can do whatever for Gambians except for what he doesn’t have.
The Gambian leader also appealed to the people to change their behaviours towards their responsibilities, urging parents to ensure giving the best upbringing of their children.
Pa Ousman Jarju, minister of Environment, Climate Change, Water Resources, Parks and Wildlife, called on Gambians, particularly those from NBR to protect the forest. He said his ministry already has a project of over 3 million Dollars to revive the forest.
He disclosed that his ministry would soon embark on visits to identify the places where the project will support, particularly community forests.
Minister Jarju also revealed that another project would be coming next year, which will provide borehole in Kerr Alagie Malick and other villages.
The minister of Agriculture, Ismaila Sanyang, said President Jammeh has reduced the cost of a bag of fertilizer in the country to make it accessible to farmers, saying his ministry is now looking at ways to improve the sector with the introduction of a seed council. “Now we can buy all the produce of farmers with the availability of the seed council,” he said.
The Agric minister further told the gathering that the NEMA project has also earmarked 10 million Dalasis to farmers’ produce. He added that government has also established mix farming centres, and that 17,000 bags of fertiliser is already available and will be sold at D750 per bag.
For his part, Omar Sey, minister of Health and Social Welfare, revealed that government has now decided that there will be a community health nurse in every 3km and an ambulance in every 25km.
He said from 1st January next year, Essau Health Centre will be transformed into a district hospital, saying whatever health care can be given at Farafenni Hospital can equally be accessed in Essau Health Centre.
Momodou Aki Bayo, minister of Lands and Regional Government called for people to show ownership and responsibility of the forest, saying there is too much of tree cutting in the forests.
He also urged the people of the region and the entire country to be observant of the kind of people they lodge in their homes.
Speaking earlier, Amadou Khan, the National Assembly member of Jokadou affirmed that NBR is today united and always ready to stand by President Jammeh to make his initiatives achieved.
Jim Fatma Jobe, chief of Jokadou and Saikou Jallow, APRC chairman of Jokadou both praised President Jammeh for the huge support he extended to Gambian farmers this year, particularly those in NBR.
Chief Jobe told the gathering that President Jammeh has revolutionalised Gambia’s agriculture with abundant assistance to farmers.
Jallow on the other side added that the people of the region are grateful to President Jammeh.
Malick Joof from Upper Niumi and Marry Taal from Barra said since 1994, President Jammeh has always satisfied the needs of the people of the region. They assured the President that the people of the region are determined and committed to stand by his side to make Vision 2016 possible.
Jim Faal, the regional youth mobiliser, Tapha Touray, a Senegalese and Haddy Gaye from Jokadou all hailed President Jammeh for empowering Gambians from 1994 to date.