The Senegalese-Gambian Association for Integration and Socio-economic Development (SGASID) held the awards ceremony at the premises of the Gambia Television, Kanifing, to award persons and institutions who supported the first-ever Great Senegambia Symposium held here in June..
Mr Taal told the gathering that “never in history can one find a people more closely related than those of Senegal and The Gambia”. To illustrate his point, the former executive secretary of the Senegalo-Gambia Permanent Secretariat, Taal challenged his audience to state where they have ever seen a map of Senegal drawn separately without a fully drawn-up map of The Gambia inside it. “Almost all countries in the world can have their map separately drawn but the map of Senegal is never complete without that of The Gambia,” Taal said.
He added that out of the 14 regions in Senegal, 7 have touched the borders of The Gambia at various points. “Is this not enough to make a case for the two people to realise they are one?” he asked rhetorically.
Saikou Jarju, president of SGASID-Gambia, thanked all who made the June event a success. Among the presenters at the symposium were Mr Taal, Dr Pierre Gomez of the University of The Gambia and other outstanding academics from The Gambia and Senegal.
Jarju disclosed that an 18-person advisory committee comprising Senegalese and Gambians has been formed to give advice and processional guidance to the organisation’s chapters in the two countries. The committee comprising academics, lawyers and artists among others, will be launched in Dakar and a book on Senegambian history will be published in French and English.
Other speakers at the awards ceremony included SGASID-Gambia secretary general Abdul Salam Jammeh and vice president Bai Biittaye.]]>