Category: Opinion

Are we really the Smiling Coast of Africa?  Are we really tolerant and caring as we claim?

Brotherhood or sisterhood starts the moment we say to each other. ‘You too? I thought it was only I.’ But reaching that level would require an honest appraisal of our relationship, of the bond that unites us, of the values and mores we share, of the very raison d’etre of our relationship and the foundation…

“Reforming The Gambia media to better  Contribute to democratic governance”

(A Law lecture, delivered by Dr. Henry D.R. Carrol – M.R.G. As the guest speaker at the official opening ceremony of the Observer Company (Gambia) Ltd weeklong media capacity building programme, on Thursday 4th May 2017, at the Daily Observer conference room.) Let me first of all place on record my mammoth gratitude to Mr…

Leaving Islamism aside: The Gambia under Adama Barrow

The inauguration of Adama Barrow as president in The Gambia in January 2017 heralded a new era for the country, ruled previously for 22 years by strongman Yahya Jammeh. Among Barrow’s first actions in office was to reverse Jammeh’s declaration that The Gambia was an Islamic Republic, a return to the separation of state and…

“Nguur ri yiholu du yaga” :  a government standing on its toes will not last

 Ousainou Mbenga As the power of the people is betrayed and coalition 2016 implodes, it’s imperative for us to “draw the line” at this critical juncture to stop all hidden agendas on their tracks. A mere regime change is not what we fought for, only to leave intact the structures upon which Jammeh and his…

Some small piece of advice for Imam Abdoulie Fatty

Congratulations, Abdoulie Fatty! I have read with interest, which I always do when I read or hear your statements about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, your statement on The Standard issue of 10 May 2017. Your statements are always of interest to me because they are an important threat to national security and the peace of…

Cost of living….

Mr President… the Ramadan is just around the corner and many have begun preparations for this sacred, but expensive month. It is clear that when Ramadan comes the daily expenses for Muslims doubles, or should I say triples? This is because their needs increase very much. It is likely that this year’s Ramadan will even…

In the Standard issue of 8 May 2017, a statement by the police was published. Unfortunately, the statement by the police leaves much to be desired. The police should know that words matter and let them ensure that they use the right words in their statements. This is a sentence in the police statement: “Police…

The New Gambia – Designing a new paradigm

When Bill Clinton took office in early 1993, he appointed his vice president Al Gore to head an ambitious project he called Re-Inventing Government. This is an enormous undertaking considering the US government is a large public organization that has three million employees, and spends trillions of dollars a year. Today, in the professional Accounting/Finance…