Peace is the bedrock of sustainable development. It is a social phenomenon that is not inherited, but rather planted and nurtured by a highly professional, well-disciplined and dedicated security force. The Gambia's gigantic success in development particularly in this Second Republic is no doubt largely attributed to its well-oriented and constructive security forces.
It is therefore not surprising that the Interior minister is on tour of the security services in the country to remind them of their commitments to national development and the debts of gratitude they owe to the Gambian people with pledges of more police stations to be built in the upper part of the country to curb crime and criminality. Such a familiarization tour by the Interior minister is fundamental as far as national development is concerned and demonstrates the commitment of the government to fulfilling the needs and aspirations of the people.
After all, our common aspiration is to make our security services understand that national development is not dependent on economic factors alone; security has a very fundamental role to play. After all, the first duty of a sovereign state is that of protecting the society from violence and invasion of other independent societies. These obligations go far beyond vanquishing the enemy during conflict; the security services must also be part of that productive force that will mastermind the engendering of that enabling environment for the free operation of the economic forces.
Such tours therefore bring our security services up to date with the demands of national development.