President Adama Barrow has made a passionate plea for Gambians to take ownership of the development blueprint of the government – the National Development Plan – in order to elevate the country to envious heights. In the absence of public support, the President added, it would be challenging to realize the objectives of the development agenda so as to bring meaningful progress in the lives of ordinary Gambia
The president made the remarks while addressing more than two thousand people from Kombo East, West Coast Region, who on Saturday 30th March stormed the State House to demonstrate unconditional support to the NDP, and by extension, the Barrow government. Each of the 33 villages in the farthermost part of Kombo was represented in a grand style.
Illustrating that tangible development works are being carried out in line with the aspirations of the NDP blueprint, President Barrow highlighted the agricultural development activities in URR under French assistance, the construction of the OMVG hydroelectric power plant in Lower River Region and West coast as well as World Bank electricity projects, which will cover communities in Kombo East, as example of ongoing progress. He also announced that 400 more feeder roads would be constructed as part of the NDP programs.
Besides the National Development Plan, the president also disclosed that complimentary sources of support from China would provide women with garden materials, water facilities, and labour saving devices. President Barrow was reacting to scores of speakers from the Kombo East who requested for government’s assistance with social amenities, including fencing materials for women’s gardens and value addition mechanisms to agricultural products.
The Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure, Honourable Ebrima Sillah spoke at the event and appealed to the people of Kombo to avoid land conflicts. While urging the communities to be more accommodative of newcomers as demonstrated by their ancestors, Minister Sillah stressed that the rule of law should be respected at all times especially as, regards judicial rulings on land and property matters. He encouraged the gathering to remain vigilant against using social media platforms such as WhatsApp groups to instigate violence and insult on people who hold different opinions, particularly national community leaders.
Honourable Musa Drammeh, Minister of Local Government and Lands; Special Presidential Adviser, Henry Gomez; and National Assembly Member, Honourable Majanko Samusa; took turns to call for unity and loyalty to the Coalition Government under the leadership of President Barrow.
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Office of the President, State House, Banjul
Repetition of the same information ( words for words ) from the statehouse is why I consider your medium as mouthpiece of this administration. Instead of regurgitating what the press secretary release , you should have been in the forefront writing your own news article on the same subject . This medium and many news outlets have become mouthpiece for this administration. Sad 😞
The villagers storming statehouse is an outdated political strategy . This should be condemned by anyone who understand that President Barrow is a servant of the people and he should be the one going to the villages to listen to their concerns. But when we have media with limited understanding of the politics then they would not question this practice. We have media personalities who lives in the west but they never learned anything that would improve our democracy. Instead some of these people promote mediocre politics . Tell people not to visit barrow at statehouse .
He doesn’t mean NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS but his own personal newly political party called NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY that is what president Adama Barrow mean. For the national development PLANS, president Adama Barrow careless about that right now. He is more interested and focus on his personal AGENDA which is next presidential election, how to consolidate his base supporters and what strategy he will use to win Gambians minds to win next election. That is his primary concern not national development PLANS.
I think the President should register the Party immediately. That name, National Democratic Party, resonate so well that does not need to wait.
Pathetic!!! I wonder since when did you stop being a mouth piece of the Administration yourself.