President Adama Barrow

President Adama Barrow of the Gambia has renewed his commitment to build strong public institutions that will consolidate the country’s democracy.

Presiding over the swearing in ceremony of the country’s new minister of the Interior, Ebrima M. Mballow, the secretary general and head of the civil service, Habib Saihou Drammeh and the secretary to the Cabinet, Ebrima S. Ceesay, Mr Barrow said he was optimistic that collective change of attitudes towards work could be positive steps to making a difference in government institutions.

He called for nationalism beyond the individual interests to achieve the government’s goal in institutional and legal reforms.

While urging the new appointees to serve with professionalism, without fear or favour, President Barrow said his government wants to leave a legacy of sustained institutions, laws and procedures that will transform the Gambia into a fully fledge democracy and facilitate social, economic and political development for our people.

He added: “Together we can commit ourselves to serve our national interest in our engagements. Our individual interests are embedded in the national interest. We pledged to engage in Institutional and legal reforms, therefore, I urge you to work hard for us to achieve our goal as a government and to leave a legacy of sustained institutions, laws and procedures that will transform our country into a fully fledge democracy and facilitate social, economic and political development for our people in the NEW GAMBIA.

“I have confidence in all of you that we will work together in the realization of our national Development Plan 2018-2021 to make this country a shining example of development, democracy, rule of law and peaceful co-existence in the sub region and beyond.”