The Gambian Association in Dakar, Senegal, Wednesday presented a certificate of appreciation to the minister of Fisheries and Natural Resources, Mass Axi Gye, who previously served as Gambia's high commissioner to that country.
The award is in recognition of his contribution towards fostering unity among Gambians based in Senegal and also cementing the excellent relations between Banjul and Dakar during his tenure as high commissioner.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the Ministry of Fisheries conference room, Maimuna Bojang, the president of the Association, said the purpose of their mission in Banjul is to honour the Minister Gye, who has immensely contributed towards the welfare of Gambians in Senegal. She said Minister Gye worked very hard in Senegal during his tenure, adding that it was during his time he was able to unite Gambians in that country and bring them under one platform. She added that the association was fragmented prior toGye's intervention.
Bojang also thanked Minister Gye for opening his doors to all Gambians residing in Senegal when he was high commissioner. She disclosed that he was also able to bring all the APRC militants together.
AlhajiKaramba Badjie, also a member of the Association and chairman of the APRC Dakar branch, said working with the former high commissioner was a great pride for them. He described Minister Gye as a perfect gentleman who has dedicated all his efforts towards the development aspirations of government.
Kebba Touray, the minister of Minister of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment, described the event as historic, adding that this is the first time an ambassador has been recalled to serve in another capacity and the people he was serving decided to honour him. He thanked the Gambian Association in Dakar for the good initiative and prayed to God to reward them.
Receiving the certificate, Minister Gye thanked the Association for the gesture and urged them to continue to be united. He acknowledged that all that he achieved while in Senegal was as a result of the good guidance and leadership of President Jammeh and the APRC government. He then dedicated the certificate to the Gambian leader, for the trust he bestowed upon him to serve the country in that capacity.