The Gambia government continues to provide Gambians with quite a number of alternatives, which, if adhered to, will lead to our total liberation from poverty to more development. The attitudinal-change call being spearheaded by the president himself, envisages Gambians taking ownership of our development process. This tangible call is the best path to meaningful socio-economic transformation.
Development, like the president has always emphasised, cannot be durable if the people for whom it is meant are not part of the initiators and implementers of the projects concerned. There is now vision 2016 which will cater for a very important part of the whole crusade - food security.
All these, form part of the idea of going green - the 'Green Revolution.' As we enjoy the planting season with torrential rains, we wish to remind all and sundry not to also forget growing trees such as cashews, mango, orange and the like.
It should not be forgotten that today, the most modest philosophy of development revolves around the idea of sustainability. This calls for effective utilisation of the earth's resources in a manner that will permit this generation to meet their own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.
Scientific research also unveils to humanity that trees are crucial for life - for the protection of our forest cover, erosion, increase chances of rain, emission of oxygen, etc. As a matter of fact, our appeal is in recognition of the fact the world is ever threatened by the severe environmental catastrophes like climate change and escalating depletion of the ocean layer. Any activity geared towards protecting our environment is therefore in the best interest of humanity.
We are therefore optimistic that Gambians will pay heed to our call and endeavour to accomplish our back-to-the-land initiative. Throughout history, development has been a product of our control over nature, combined with our moral and physical capabilities. The more we plant trees, the more we will be in possession of the basis of survival.
More importantly, people should take advantage of the back to the land scheme and endeavour to make it a profitable enterprise. Consumable and marketable trees can be planted. This will enable us earn income to live a reasonable standard of living, as well reduce the rate of unemployment and dependency.