The president of the Republic, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh on Thursday began his annual nationwide tour referred to as 'Dialogue with the People Tour'.
The tour, which is a constitutional requirement, will take the president and entourage to all the seven administrative regions of the country. It avails him the opportunity to meet and discuss with local people issues of national importance and to get first-hand information on issues regarding the country's development, visit ongoing projects and inaugurate the completed ones.
The tour also accords the people the opportunity to meet with the president and tell him their needs and constraints, would realise once again for themselves how responsive the president is to the people of the country.
We know that the various administrative regions are very eager to receive the Gambian leader as usual. This shows that the people at the grassroots appreciate what the president is doing and so are willing to come all out to complement his efforts by continuing to cement their utmost loyalty to him.
As the presidential tour continues, we hope that the individual regions would also surprise the president by proving to him that they are massively responding to the back-to-the-land-call. The tour is a rare opportunity for the people and the president to come in close contact; this is the moment that people have to prove their unflinching loyalty and support to the leadership, because it is a moral obligation for every individual, regardless of political affiliation, to contribute efficiently and meaningfully to the growth and progress of the nation.