13 December 2012

Gambia: Let's Show We Can Deliver - Veep Tells Gov't Officials

The vice president and minister of Women's Affairs has told the top echelon of the government to show to the Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh that they are committed and can deliver. She said they are poised to achieve the objectives they set for themselves for the development of the nation.

Her Excellency Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy made these remarks late yesterday evening in Kanilai while addressing government officials at the closing ceremony of a three-day government retreat held in Kanilai.

She said: "Let's show His Excellency [President Jammeh] that we are committed and can deliver. He does not make any mistake by appointing all of us. He is proud of us and indeed we will continue to make him proud."

According to the VP, the previous presentations indicated a lot of progress been made in implementing the recommendations that emanated from the last retreat. "Almost all of them have been addressed. This shows that we have not derailed but we are on course and we should continue doing that. Let us also try and keep to our activities as much as possible. Whatever is planned, is what we need to implement because we thought of them through planning. So let's hope that we work along those plans," she urged.

VP Njie-Saidy emphasised strongly the need to maintain the team work spirit demonstrated during the course of the retreat while highlighting further the need for the private sector and the civil society to retreat even though they do it informally in the form of consultation with the government.

"We all have seen the chiefs' and farmers' conference, this has never happened before. All these, like I said will feed into our retreat eventually so that it enriches our retreat. We are also looking forward to the youths' conference which would also feed into our retreat. Why am bringing this social grouping is to show the importance because we need their ideas to enrich our retreat," she said.

Speaking earlier, the minister for Presidential Affairs and secretarygeneral and head of the Civil Service, said proceedings of the three-day convergence was not only considered challenging and inspiring but also enabled ministers and their technocrats dedicatedly put in long hours of work to craft a destiny that position The Gambia on a trajectory to sustainable development. He added that the retreat also availed them exciting and productive sessions by reviewing their performance since the last cabinet retreat. He described it as a major milestone in their effort to enhance the monitoring and evaluation of government operations.

The convergence, according to, Dr Njogu Bah also enabled them to cover wide range of issues of national importance characterised by open, frank and intensive interaction which will undoubtedly help them [the government] in the attainment of the country's development blueprint.

"It is gratifying to note that President Jammeh did not only host this national eventbut has also as usual provided us with a remarkable hospitality and the required facilities towards the successful accomplishment of the objectives set for this retreat. This reaffirms the importance and significance he attaches to the government's development agenda.

Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to profoundly and sincerely thank him for his abiding devotion to nation building. Although we have missed his wise guidance this time around due to other state pressing engagements, we are fortunate to have VP Njie-Saidy who have ably represented him and has not only presided over the proceedings but also participated fully in the deliberations," Minister Bah told the gathering.

Issues of great national importance were raised and discussed during the sessions and other key action points mapped out for sectors and stakeholders to accomplish.

To this end, the Civil Service boss told the gathering that it is obligatory on all of them to diligently work as a team towards the attainment of all deliverables as required. However, the level of commitment and loyalty demonstrated during the session was also dilated on by the secretary general. He further expressed with strong emphasis that the conclusions and recommendations of the retreat be fully implemented in a timely manner.

He then challenged all the sectors to make as their New Year resolution the application of 100 percent effort and energy to the utilisation of their full potentials for the attainment of the government's development blueprint within the shortest possible time.

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