President Jammeh has reiterated his government’s uncompromising position against tribalism and hatred, saying they are agents of underdevelopment and backwardness. He maintained his call for Gambians to return themselves to Allah and submit all their hopes to Him alone.
Addressing a meeting in Jara Soma, the administrative capital of the Lower River Region on Thursday, on day 11 of his Dialogue with the people tour, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa reminded Gambians that whether young or old, they must all believe that one day they will die and Allah will take them to account them for their deeds.
“Let us stop tribalism and hatred and have clean heart towards one another,” he told the Soma meeting. He added that his intention for The Gambia and the entire world is for people to live together where no one will suffer or go hungry, saying that is better than tribalism and hatred. “My government hopes on only Allah and Him alone and not the West or anyone else. Let us fear Allah and stop tribalism and hatred.”
More communities to be electrified
At the Soma meeting, President Jammeh reiterated his commitment and intention to bring more development to rural communities, promising the people of the region that he will be installing electricity in six more communities. “The next communities to benefit from electricity will be Sey Kunda, Jenoi, Yelitenda, Japineh, Jalambereh and Sitanunku. The Gambia River Basin Development Organisation (OMVG) project is also coming and that too will provide electricity,” he announced.
He went on to thank the people of LRR for their loyalty to him and the APRC government, adding that his intention is to make the entire Gambia a city-state. He said by Allah’s will, by 2020 every difficulty will be history in the country, ranging from water, electricity and road among others. “Let us fear Allah. We are all farmers on this earth. Let us always beg for Allah’s forgiveness,” President Jammeh advised.
Speaking at the meeting, Pa Ousman Jarju, the minister of Environment, Climate Change, Water Resources, Parks and Wildlife, reminded people to encourage community forestry and protect it instead of cutting down the forest, saying it will lead to negative effects on the environment.
He called on the people of the region to always collaborate with their Regional Forestry Department to plant more trees for the future.
Governor of LRR, Salifu Puye and the chief of Jara West, Alhaji Yaya Jarjusey both commended President Jammeh for transforming the country in the last 21 years.
They assured the President that LRR is well committed to the attainment of Vision 2016 initiative. “The people of LRR will always remain grateful to President Jammeh and will always participate in the attainment of his initiatives.”
Aja Fatou Njie Fofana-Jarjusey, the APRC deputy women mobiliser, commended President Jammeh for including people of the region in his last hajj package.
She said her people are closely working with the Regional Agriculture Department towards the attainment of Vision 2016, making reference to one of their big farms in Sey Kunda.
Menata Njie, National Assembly member of Kiang West; and Alagie Ndongo, from Kabada, said President Jammeh’s government has worked hard to maintain peace in the country and brought Gambians together.