10 January 2013

Gambia: Ombudsman Opens New Office in NBR

Nbr — The Office of the Ombudsman recently opened a new office at Kerewan in North Bank Region (NBR). The governor of the region, chiefs, Alkalolu, security officials, National Assembly members and the cross section of the community attended the event.

In his welcome remarks, Lamin Queen Jammeh, the governor of NBR, lauded the efforts of the Office of the Ombudsman in decentralising services, with a view to promoting good relationship with employees and employers. He said that the office would contribute immensely in enhancing and strengthening good governance and democratic values. Governor Jammeh applauded President Jammeh for setting up the institution to promote the welfare of workers.

Alhaji Babou Sowe, the Ombudsman, also commended President Jammeh for attaching great importance to promoting democratic governance, public accountability and dispensation of justice.He cited the creations of the National Council for Civic Education, Independent Electoral Commission, and Office of the Ombudsman, Alternative Dispute Resolution Service and Legal Aid, as clear testimony of government's commitment in advancing the welfare of its citizenry.

Sowe thus called on the public and private sector employees and employers to be proactive in providing reliable information to the Office of Ombudsman. He noted noted their objective decentralising is to take services closer to the public and the private sector.

Hon. Samba Cham, the National Assembly member for Central Baddibu assured them of the support of the National Assembly in the promotion of good governance.

The regional police commissioner, Momodou Sowe and Chief Alagie Jagne of Central Baddibu both expressed similar sentiments.

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