Gambian leader Adama Barrow has warned Gambian youths against illegal migration and urged them to be more proactive in academic and skills development to acquire market-relevant qualifications to boost their employment opportunities.
Speaking in Mandinaring, West Coast Region as part of his Meet the People Tour, he urged that those who want to travel should explore regular and legal means.
He disclosed that his government will construct major feeder roads, gardens, and water projects in the area as well as extend access to electricity in Mandinaring, kubariko, kunjang jattaya, Latriaya and Bafuloto in 2023.
President Barrow told the gathering that he will surprise Gambians with great news in the coming weeks which will further cement his government’s status as a development-oriented administration.
The Minister of Lands, Regional Government and Religious Affairs Sheriff Abba Sanyang urged Gambians to ensure the proper management and judious utilization of land.
He also called on traditional and religious leaders to follow the due process of inheritance to enable women to acquire land for agriculture and residential purposes. He advises people to acquire development permits to prevent the demolition of their properties after construction.
Ebrima Sillah, Minister of Works Transport and Infrastructure highlighted various feeder roads targeted to be constructed in the area.
He disclosed Old Yundum, Tabokoto-Banjulinding Road, Lamin-Babilon road and Wellingara – Abuko road are among the roads to be constructed o.
The Minister of Tourism and culture called on the people to continue supporting the government.
Other speakers at the meeting including; Paramount Chief Alh. Momodou Bojang, Alkalo Faa Ceesay of Mandinaring, Ramou Camara and Tida Suwaneh all described president Barrow as a champion of peace, democracy, and good governance. They also thanked the president and his government for numerous development projects in their respective communities. The speakers used the occasion to appeal for more feeder roads, electricity expansion, and youth and women empowerment initiatives among other needs of their communities.