Thank You, Mr President!!!
Monday, June 25, 2012
Please allow me space in your widely read newspaper to abundantly thank our president, His Excellency, Dr. Professor Alhaji Yahya AJJ Jammeh for phenomenally and ambitiously revamping The Gambia’s higher education sector.
As a Gambian with great pride and interest in how our University Education is changing the professional and even the economic landscape of our dear country, I can be but very thankful to His Excellency for his foresight, fortitude, persistence and remarkable ambition to making sure that our dear Gambia has a university to train and supply the manpower needs of our work force.
As a Gambian studying abroad, I can’t help but be so proud of the state of higher education in our dear mother land and the importance HE attaches to it. Just close to a year ago today, I was chatting via Facebook with one of my classmates from Nusrat and can’t be but amazed that this fellow from Baddibu and classmate of mine from Nusrat and 25 others are being solely sponsored and sent to universities in India to study in different disciplines by HE.
There is a countless number of Gambians in UK, Canada, America, Turkey, Ukraine, all studying under the personal sponsorship of HE. How many presidents in Africa are so forward-looking and as thoughtful to do this? Doesn’t this merit a thumb-up even if you are not an APRC supporter or even if you hate HE?
For doing and undertaking all these sacrifices to educate poor Gambians out of your pocket, I say Thank you, Mr President! The critics, for the record, I am not a praise-singing APRC supporter whatever. Infact I have never voted for APRC and may or may not if I choose to, as enshrined in my constitutional rights. But it is good to give credit where it is due and HE deserves just that.
To the Gambian Diaspora media, there is a lot of good things to report out of the Gambia than the negative, negative, and negative reports Gambian immigrants abroad are bombarded with whenever they click the mouse to read something about their country.
Can’t hard working Gambian Immigrants and foreigners read and know about these great things happening in The Gambia? Be objective and ethical, as journalists for once.
Author: Alhassan Darboe, New York State, USA email: email@example.com