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Knowhow, means and competence Dear editor, I suppose every citizen of every country would want to live in a decent developed society. Societies that have excellent public services and affordable cost of living standards for the people. A country whose people live in peace and dignity. A country of civilized societies looking after one another. To lead a country and its citizens into economic development and prosperity, a leader must have the knowhow and the means to provide for his/her people live in a civilized country. A leader can have the best of intentions to want to develop his/her country but if he/she doesn’t have the knowhow and the means, it’s almost impossible to make happen the good intentions. Competence is word often used to gauge the ability of a leader in providing his/her people with decent living standards from its available resources and the international alliances it forges to facilitate accessing economic investment for its national development. Quality decisions making and the proper use of the available resources to meet the needs of the people are the hallmarks of competent leadership. In The Gambia, our government is not making the best use of its available resources and the government is not forging the political alliances that will provide it with the means/investment to provide the people with public services and affordable standards of living. Our government is wasting most of its available resources on servicing the national debt and paying the salaries and expenses of the government. Our government is forging political alliances with the wrong partners who do not have the will and means that The Gambia needs for its national economic development. The Gambia Government must reduce the size and the cost of running the government to better put to use its available resources into national development. The Gambia Government must seek much better closer political alliance with China which will lead to securing the means for investment into the economic development and prosperity of the people. For example had our government given the rights for the exploration of oil and gas to the Chinese national oil and gas company against securing an economic investment package of say US$10 billion, The Gambia would have the means to develop its economy and provide the people with decent standards of living. If our government had reduced the number of its ministries, reduce the pay and expenses at the very top of the government and perhaps the president selecting his cabinet ministers from the MPs, the government can afford to introduce a living wage and a basic citizens income in the country which will make life better for every Gambian. The Gambia will not realize any meaningful economic investment from the alliance its forging with France. France is an insolvent country. I don’t know why The Gambia Government gave the exploration of oil and gas rights to an Australian company? And it doesn’t make any sense for our government to continue maintaining the size and the cost of running such a huge bureaucracy called the government at the expense of the much needed socio-economic investment needs of the people. The Gambia has the potential to attain national economic development and prosperity for the people when our government pursues the right political alliances and reform the way available resources are utilised. That’s the competent leadership that is missing from the Barrow government. The Barrow government is pursuing the wrong political alliances for The Gambia internationally and it’s wasting the available resources on the wrong spending priorities- debt servicing and the payment of salaries and expenses of the government. If the Barrow government wants economic development and prosperity for Gambians, it must forge much closer working relations with the Chinese government. China is the engine of global economic investment and development. And The Gambia needs to connect itself to that flow of the Chinese economic investment and development around the world.   Yusupha ‘Major’ Bojang Brikama No fuel for cluster monitors Dear editor, Kindly allow me a space in your reputable media to ask these few questions to our current permanent secretary and the Minister of Basic and Secondary Education. It is becoming a taboo in the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education that CCM (coordinating committee meetings) are held frequently in regions to help support school. Most of the works they do when they visit schools are done by the cluster monitors and the regional monitoring teams, but yet still, there is a follow up visits to monitor implementation. Is a very good initiative by the then PS Bouy. But this could have been in a different way. Below are few questions I want to ask: What plans have the current permanent secretary to towards his cluster monitor? Why is it that every time there is CCM in the provincial regions there will be no fuel allocation for the cluster monitor? When shall the cluster monitor get their motorbike? Readers might question why the writer is asking these kinds of questions, but one of the reasons that led to the above questions are. Everybody in the Ministry knew very well that, the ministry cannot go ahead without either proper inspection or cluster monitors. These are the people who knew the schools more than even the regional director, but the worst thing is that they are the very people that are look very low at when it come to reality. Up to the time this writing was make, no cluster monitor across the region one has receive their fuel allocation, and 25% to 45 % did not have a motor bikes, neither their bikes are road worthy. To call a spade a spade, both the minister and the current permanent secretary knew how important cluster monitoring are. I would like to stop here and be very much grateful if the above questions can be provided with answers. Name and address withheld on request]]>

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