By Juldeh Njie
Modou Lamin B. Bah, a United Democratic Party youth wing adviser who contested in the April 2017 parliamentary election but lost, has said that Gambia can be transformed within a decade if good reforms are put in place by the government.
“If China can transform themselves within four decades to be the largest economy, then Gambia can do the same,” he said.
Bah was on a trip to China aimed at equipping the Gambian ruling Coalition delegates with relevant information about public affairs, education, agriculture, health, economic growth (GDP), infrastructure, employment creation among other things.
He said Gambia has gone through a leadership challenge caused by former president who refused to respect the verdict of the people after the presidential election.
He said this created fear and great political division amongst Gambians, adding that this current government has shown commitment in creating platforms for Gambians to exercise their rights.
But that commitment is threatened by political division and lack of political awareness and the concept of democracy by majority of Gambians, he said.
He said as a result, the ruling coalition deemed it necessary to embark on a trip to China and meet with the CPC Center for International Exchanges, International Department of CPC Central Committee in order to learn and create connections between people of The Gambia and China to improve our education through capacity building and establishment of more quality schools and universities with good teachers and lecturers.
“The low understanding of the basic principles of governance as a basic knowledge and understanding on the democratic processes that are necessary for success within the transitional period,” he added.