The primary responsibility of any government is to administer the public good for general welfare. This implies that those who occupy public offices are trustees whose task is to be in the service of the people. Hence, the human virtues of honesty, truthfulness, love and hard work constitute key elements of attaining sustainable development and should be the trademark of the people.
For The Gambia, like any other country, to achieve its lofty goals of sustainable development, our citizens cannot afford to lack some of the basic human virtues considered imperative for our development, as indicated in numerous development blueprints like Vision 2020, the Programme for Accelerated Growth and Employment, and Millennium Development Goals among others.
To move The Gambia forward as a country we need to live, work and respect values that define us as a people; values that maintain our integrity as a nation and those that foster our independence and self-reliance. In so doing, we must look-forward for the solutions to the challenges facing us.
The country cannot be developed through reliance on foreign aid and the perceived riches in the West. It would be extremely difficult to achieve the much-needed sustainable development when our young people are misled into believing that there salvations lies in going to Europe in search of greener pastures often leading them to venture into the illegal migration.
The most important thing Gambians should be willing to embrace is the need to have attitudinal change in all aspects of our lives especially for public servants. Corrupt and dishonest civil servants pose a real threat to the development of any given society; such was the rationale behind the introduction and implementation of the operation against all forms of corruption in the country.
It is high time people in the custody of public affairs be aware of their roles and responsibilities as public trustees. We need honest, committed and hard working civil servants working for the interest of all, instead of self-serving individuals.