By Amadou M Jadama
The National Council for Civic Education has on Thursday continued its ongoing civic awareness tour to communities in the Lower River Region.
The tour, which has covered twenty-six communities in LRR, was centred on democracy and responsible citizenship.
Speaking in one of the meetings, the assistant program officer, NCCE, said: “The activity is part of the institution’s ongoing awareness campaign on democracy, governance and civic rights and duties of citizens in a democracy.”
According to Yusupha Bojang,, the campaign started in West Coast Region covering 46 selected communities in both Kombos and Fonis.
He said the tour will address some of the illusions about democracy and the misconceptions about the New Gambia. He said it also aims to deter some irresponsible behaviors which could affect the peaceful coexistence in the country.
Addressing the Communities in Sukuta, Njoba Kunda, Darsilameh and Nyawurulung, all in the Jarra East, Ansuman Yarboe, civic education supervisor, said there are lots of misconceptions about democracy.
“NCCE as a body is responsible to educate the masses on their civic rights. We feel that, we should meet the people at their communities to educate them about their civic rights.
“This sensitization we are embarking on is purely on democracy and good governance,” he said.
Sunkung K Saidy, senior civic education officer, said: “Most Gambians do not understand the citizen’s participation and every right comes with a corresponding responsibility
“Citizen’s participation starts from the community level. When there is work within the community, each and every one must participate.”
Saidy urged them to always maintain peace in their communities.