Gov’t Committed to Enhance Army’s Welfare
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Gambia’s vice president, Isatou Njie-Saidy has assured his government’s commitment to enhancing the welfare of the military.
According to her, no stone will be left unturned in ensuring that the army have the support needed to enhance their efficiency.
VP Njie-Saidy, who doubles as the chairperson of the Armed Forces’ Council was speaking on Monday afternoon at the passing out of 720 recruits of The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF).
The recruits that made up Intake 32 of GAF are set for deployment to various units of GAF after what the authorities described as “intensive basic military training”, exposing them to weapons training, field craft, tactics, intelligence, and peacekeeping operations, amongst others.
“We will continue the projects we have already started to provide decent housing and other facilities to make your stay in the army enjoyable,” Vice Njie Saidy has said.
“We will also give maximum attention to your professional and educational training opportunities.”
She stressed that promotion in the army is based on merit and not seniority.
Also speaking at the event, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of GAF, Lieutenant General MasanehKinteh, said the high number of intakes seeks to address human resources gaps in the army.
As he put it: “The regular and systematic recruitment of able-bodied Gambians into the armed forces is inline with their pursuit to build a force commensurate to its current and future assignments.”
Author: Omar Bah