(JollofNews) – An opposition leader in the Gambia has accused the APRC regime of President Yahya Jammeh of abandoning the country’s youths and failing to provide them with meaningful opportunities.
Mamma Kandeh, leader of the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) said Mr Jammeh and his government does not have the interest of Gambians youths at heart and have failed their numerous promises to provide them with jobs and quality life.
He said a large percentage of intelligent and hardworking youths have been left frustrated by the regime, forcing them to embark on the risky illegal migration to Europe across the Mediterranean in other to provide for their families.
“The majority of the country’s youths have gone to Europe through the backway because there is no jobs in the country,” Mr Kandeh told thousands of his supporters in Fass Njaga Choi, Lower Nuimi, North Bank Region.
“These youths are embarking on this risky journey because they don’t have a choice. They have been abandoned to their fate by government of President Jammeh. But my government will end this by providing youths with quality education and employment opportunities.”
The GDC leader urged the youths to be mindful of politicians like President Jammeh who make endless promises during election time but turn their backs on them once the election is over.
Mr Kandeh added as someone who was born in rural Gambia to a farming family, his government would priorities agriculture.
He said the Jammeh regime has failed farmers who despite of their hard work are struggling to feed their families.
“Eighty per cent of Gambians are farmers but the farmers cannot even feed themselves much more feed the Gambia,” he said.
Mr Kandeh said although Mr Jammeh have promised on numerous occasions to modernised the country’s agriculture, the price for essential commodities have skyrocketed beyond the roof and people are suffering.
“If civil servants on the government payroll are struggling to feed their families, how do you think the farmers are surviving?” he asked.
“A GDC government will change the system of farming in the Gambia to make farming more rewarding.”
Mr Kandeh, who served as ruling party National Assembly Member for Jimara prior to launching his party, distanced himself from President Jammeh. He said his party is not being bankrolled by President Jammeh.
He added: “I want to make it clear that this is not true. I want to tell those who are out there spreading such information that the only thing I need from President Jammeh is to take the seat from him.
“When I come to power, I will work for the Gambian people rather than Gambians working for me. And when my work does not satisfy Gambians, let them remove me and bring another person.”