By Olimatou Coker
The National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) has recently concluded its first phase of media sensitization campaign to popularise the draft constitution 2020.
Speaking, Yusupha Bojang, programe manage, National Council for Civic Education (NCCE), said following the release of the final draft Constitution to the President and public by the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC), it is necessary to maintain the momentum built during the processes leading to the final draft.
According to him, this will enable the country to deepen engagement, build knowledge on the content of the draft and to sensitize citizens on the importance of actively participating in all the processes leading to the referendum that will validate the new Constitution and usher in the third Republic of The Gambia.
He said people should recognize that the constitutional reform process and the democratization of The Gambia provide a unique opportunity to advance reconciliation, political dialogue, and peace consolidation efforts in the country, using civic education and outreach efforts to reach as many Gambians as possible, has never been more urgent.
Bojang said NCCE with support from the UNDP-Gambia recently concluded its first phase of the campaign.
“The whistle-stop tour media campaign covered twelve radio stations across five regions with a view to helping stimulate public engagement in the constitutional reform process and enhance citizens’ understanding of the content of the Draft Constitution which is an embodiment of Gambians’ will and resolve for democracy, good governance, separation of powers, sustainable environment and equitable distribution and use of resources, rule of law and observance of the principles of fundamental human rights and freedoms,” he said.
Owing to the contagiousness and high rate of serious complications of COVID-19 and due to the state of public emergency imposed by the government to limit the spread of the virus, the outreach was conducted through the community and private radio stations across the regions in rural Gambia.
While noting that it is envisaged that the outreach will help stimulate public interest, awareness and understanding of the content of the final draft constitution and encourage all citizens irrespective of gender, age, religion or political affiliation, to fully participate in the constitutional reform process.
The second phase of the outreach program will follow with specific focus on the Greater Banjul Areas and West Coast Region.