Gambia: The Gov't Retreat

As we have always stated, one of the fundamental tasks of a representative and responsible government is to fulfill the ever-increasing needs and dynamic aspirations of the citizenry. Besides, the entire process of development is complex and requires sound government policies and programmes as its outcome is achieved when the people increase jointly, their capacity in dealing with their environment.

The Government Retreat, where various public officials and other stakeholders come together to reflect on the country's future, is underway in Kanilai. The Retreat, which is always organised under the directives of the Gambian leader, is no doubt a clear indication of government's commitment to meeting the development aspirations of the country.

This frequent gathering of public officials to review the progress and challenges of the country's development process and formulate strategic plans to ensure the speedy accomplishment of our development achievements is indeed fundamental.As the retreat progresses, we are optimistic that our state technocrats would adhere to the call of the president, become more proactive and vibrant, and cease the endless infighting and eye service which continue to build factions within the Civil Service machinery, thus rendering it virtually inefficient.

Our technocrats and administrators and all other stakeholders should realise that we have gone very far towards the target dates of the two most important documents that underpin our development process - the Vision 2020 and the MDGs - they should become more focused and submerge themselves in service to the country so that collectively we can guarantee the sustainability of what has been achieved and move the country forward.

What should therefore be the prime objective of our civil servants is to commit themselves to the standards of best practices, be result-oriented and always match words with action in the delivery of their services, in addition to ensuring that state interest precedes personal interest. They should also execute their various functions with honesty and a sense of responsibility.

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