Dawda Sillah, 7, of Presentation of Mary Nursery School while passing as President Jammeh said his administration has the flexibility to deliver such a feat to Gambians. 

He gave the commitment on Saturday while presiding over celebration to mark 50th anniversary of the country’s independence in Brikama Jamisa organised by Early Childhood Development Association. 

He said: “Today is 50 years of our independence anniversary and I have to give glory to Allah the Almighty. This day will mark the start of bigger projects in the very near future for the attainment of the economic superpower status by 2025. Therefore, we should all endeavour to take part in the socio-economic development of the country. After 50 years of self-rule, there is need for us to eat what we grow and grow what we eat. I hereby call on all Gambians and non-Gambians alike to come and join us in our march towards our inevitable glorious destination. Let me also assure you that we will never tolerate or compromise with terrorists. We will always wipe them out without hesitation. Terrorism has no place in this 21st century global village and all Allah-fearing and worshipping people of all faiths and races shall stand against this global menace. I want to wish you all a very happy and successful 50th Independence Anniversary.” 


Meanwhile, the president of the republic shortly after his three-minute statement told the journalists: “This day is very important because we are celebrating 50 years of independence. We have to live by the principle of eat what we grow and grow what we eat.”

The event was graced by child First Lady, Zineb Jammeh, child presidents of Ghana and Guinea Bissau, child prime minister of Senegal, child vice president, child cabinet ministers, child security forces personnel, nursery school-going children and people of West Coast Region. Others include child diplomats, mayors and governors, chiefs and national assembly members. The child Green Youths led the child president’s motorcade into the stadium.