Beakanyang holds congress

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Beakanyang Kafo, a nonprofit community-based organisation in Wuli, Upper River Region, recently held its second triennial congress and general assembly meeting in the village of Barrow Kunda in Wuli West. The event held under the theme: End Forced Marriages in Rural Gambia' attracted delegates from across Wuli and beyond...

In his opening remarks, Sare Ngai Ward Councilor Menke Ebrima Barrow, applauded the organisation for its proactiveness in initiating development programmes and projects in the area. He urged the members to remain united and to continue the hard work they had been doing since the establishment of the organisation over a decade ago.

He expressed his admiration with the operations of the organisation. For his part, board chairman of Beakanyang Yahya Sumareh, said the event was in line with the organisation's democratic principles. According to him, it would avail members the opportunity to hold their leaders accountable for their actions and to effect leadership changes if necessary.

Mr Sumareh praised the outgoing executive for their hard work in leading the organisation to realising its goals. Speaking earlier, outgoing President Tumani Danjo, said Beakanyang has come a long way towards achieving its goals.

According to him, the day was meant to reflect on the achievements and challenges facing the organisation. He thanked all those who in one way or the other supported the organisation over the years, especially during the past three years under his leadership.

Outgoing secretary general and finance assistant Mr Nfamara Jawneh and Sainey Camara, respectively, delivered the organisation's activity and financial reports to delegates for scrutiny.

Meanwhile, both reports were unanimously adopted by congress delegates. At the end of the daylong event, a new executive committee was elected to serve for three years.

They include Mr Mori Conteh as president, Mrs Mariama Barrow first vice president, Ms Adama Jolly 2nd vice president, Mr Nbakeh Touray treasurer, Sulay Danjo auditor to be assisted by Ba Kawsu Touray, Alhagie Lamin Touray secretary general, Sarjo Bamma assistant secretary and Kawunding Danjo, public relations officer.

Meanwhile, the congress also denounced the practice of early and forced marriages in the area and called on parents in particular to end it.

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