A son of Gambia's former president has authored a book highlighting the development projects that were undertaken under the leadership of His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh. The book is titled 'Overview of development projects in The Gambia under President Jammeh's leadership: 1994 to 2012.'
Ebrima Jawara, one of the founding members and president of the Gambia Golf Association (GGA), told the Daily Observer in an interview Wednesday at the Green Mamba Restaurant in Senegambia,that the book will be launched under the Most Distinguished Chief Patronage of President Jammeh on the 16th February 2013 to coincide with the country's 48th Independence Anniversary. He further revealed that they are expecting to have at least five senior African statesmen, including former presidents to attend the launching.
Ebrima Jawara, who currently serves as the Project Coordinator, Central Projects Coordinating Unit at the Ministry of Agriculture, said the idea to author a book highlighting the developments of Professor Jammeh came about in 2011 when the Gambian leader sponsored the Baby Mariam Jammeh Golf Tournament. According to him, it was normal to highlight the President's achievements in a brochure, being the sponsor of the tourney. He said eighteen months later an essay competitionon the development projects of the AFPRC/APRC from 1994 to date was organised.
Jawara said he joined the essay competition not to win but to see how much he could add on what he had started in February 2011. The result in the end was a 300-page document. He said that being a loyal supporter and an admirer of President Jammeh, his challenge was to write objectively.He added that his account was just a fraction of the development projects initiated and conceived by President Jammeh, which range from physical structures to policies, programmes and legislations passed, and sees his work as a benchmark (for others).
Jawara further stated that today he is proud to be counted as someone ready to show the world the good things coming out of our dear country under the Leadership of President Jammeh.
Speaking on the challenges he faced before he finished writing the book, the GGA president said he had to be away from his family and juggling it with work and other commitments. The research was painstaking in order to get viable and authentic examples, making sure that every achievement listed was credible and easily corroborated. He added that with more resources, he could have done more, but despite the fact that what he gathered was limited, it is still extensive and a second revised edition will follow.
Also speaking to the Daily Observer, the publisher of the book, Ghaleb Zeidan, proprietor of Transphere Printing Services,revealed that as a friend of the author, he was informed of his participation in the essay competition which he encouraged, knowing that if he wholeheartedly embarked on it with his academic background, sincerity and loyalty to the Presidency and the government, the finished work will be a substantial product. He added that he equally and strongly holds deep heartedly, great love, respect and loyalty for the state, the leadership and the people of The Gambia, having lived for more than a decade and being a Lebanese born in Africa and equally an African.
According to him, the essay has turned out to be more than an essay, including tangible achievements which he personally experienced and enjoyed living and working in The Gambia. He added : "Having expressed intent in publishing the document to the author, I supported the idea that we seek permission for the publication from His Excellency and gladly a positive response was accorded. I immediately embarked onto the process of page setting and doing the final draft, producing it in a quality standard that will expose the beauty of the work and the greatness of all the achievements of President Jammeh it highlights."