By Nfamara Jawneh in New York The Minister of Women’s Affairs who is also overseeing the Office of the Vice President has told Gambians in New York that the new government is committed and focused on implementing reform to better the lots of the citizenry after many years of decay. Madam Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang made these remarks on Wednesday at the Gambia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, during a meeting with The Gambian community. “We need all hands on deck to develop the country that has been robbed by former President Yahya Jammeh,” she said. But she added that in order to achieve that we must first see ourselves as one Gambia and one people without discrimination and work towards reconciliation. The woman, who has been widely praised by the various speakers for her role in the opposition unity against former dictator Jammeh, added that there cannot be any meaningful development without unity. “The international community is ready to support the country and the government is committed to working on many development projects in the next three years,” she added. She pointed out that gone are the days when only one man used to decide everything for the country and control all businesses. The Minister further encouraged Gambians in the US to consider venturing into joint businesses and to be sending their children back to Africa to learn more about their culture and traditions. “We have heard all your concerns and we will table them before the president for us to see how best they can be addressed,” she promised. Speaking earlier, Dr Isatou Touray, Minister of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment, applauded Gambians in the Diaspora including those in the US for their immense contribution towards the Coalition victory. She asked for patience from Gambians to allow the new Government to settle down especially during this transitional process. “The government is committed to the welfare of all Gambians irrespective of where they live,” she assures. Mrs Fatou Mbye, deputy speaker of the National Assembly said governments go and come but the country remains in place thus urging people to remain united. On their parts, various speakers from the Gambian community in New York including Alieu Badjie, Musu Kebba Drammeh and Imams Aboubacarr Camara and Bajaha, thanked the delegation for the meeting and reassured the new administration of their support but not without raising their challenges.]]>
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By Omar Bah At least six political parties have reacted to the sensational rejection of the draft constitution at its second reading at the National...
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