23 January 2013

Gambia: Regional Admin Minister On Tour

Crr — The minister of Regional Administration, Lands and Traditional Rulers accompanied by a high-powered delegation Monday held a meeting in the Central River Region, the first in his nationwide tour.

Upon arrival at the island town, Minister Momodou Aki Bayo and delegation were received by Alhaji Ganyie Touray, the governor of the region alongside members of the technical advisory committee and district authorities. The minister and delegation later held meetings and visited the ongoing renovation of the Governor's offices and residence. He also visited some CDDP projects within the region.

Addressing the district authorities and TAC members, Minister Bayo assured them of his ministry's fullest support at all times. He urged the people to lodge their complaints to the alkalolus before going to the chief or the governor and the minister.

He used the opportunity to thank the people for the unity and cooperation among them. He also used the opportunity to call on the people to strengthen their unflinching support for President Jammeh and the APRC. He reminded them that local government elections are fast approaching and urged them to vote for candidates who are development-oriented.

On his part, Sheriff Sonko, the director of Local Governance, spoke extensively on the importance of the meeting, saying it will avail the minister the opportunity to familiarise himself with people and structures in the region.

Speaking on behalf of the chiefs, Alhaji Kebba Touray, chief of Niamina East; and Alhaji Malick Mbye, the chief of Upper Saloum, highlighted the problem of land disputes in the region.

Alhaji Ganyie Touray, the governor of CRR underscored the importance of the familiarisation tour, pointing out that it will avail the minister the opportunity to get firsthand information and close contact with the people.

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