“As a good neighbor of the Republic of Senegal, I am constantly in contact with my brother, President Macky Sall, to ensure that peace reigns in the region.
We are ‘one people’ in two nations, and through dialogue a peaceful resolution could be forged to end the long-running conflict in the region,” President Adama Barrow said in his Eidul-fitr message (“Koriteh “).
“As we celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, let us take the time to forgive, reconcile and be merciful to one another. We must exercise restraint and extend kind gestures to all, whether they whether in politics or in other areas, families or neighbours.”
The president also talks about the price increases, he was “unfortunately aware of the price increases and the resulting challenges for families”.
“In response, my government has taken measures to reduce expenditures and subsidize the price of fuel to alleviate the hardship resulting from the steadily rising price of fuel in the global market.”
“These are temporary government measures, so I call on all Gambians to engage in more sustainable strategies, including the intensification of agriculture for local consumption.”
By necessity, we need to minimize our reliance on imported essential foodstuffs as much as possible. The surest way to do this is to take agriculture seriously.”
“There is also growing concern about the impact of the global economy on migration. Illegal migration, in particular, is more difficult today than it has ever been, and its consequences are unfortunately serious.”
“With indifference, developed countries continue to close their borders to irregular migrants. Such unfortunate global developments reduce the chances of success in the developing world.”
“There is therefore a need to accept that while we cannot completely stop illegal migration, we must look within for alternatives and opportunities to improve life back home.”
“Here in The Gambia, COVID poses a serious threat to the tourism sector; for this reason, it is time to review our strategies and options to sustain livelihoods.”
“We are blessed with natural resources; for example, we have land, sea and a young population to exploit. This allows us to exploit the many opportunities that exist in agriculture, fishing and other businesses to stimulate our economy. To depend solely on external aid, it is obligatory for us to take charge of our well-being and fend for ourselves.”
“Many people are traveling to spend the Eid holiday with their family and loved ones. Recently, there have been a series of unfortunate and fatal accidents. Accordingly, I urge all drivers to drive carefully and respect traffic rules. Likewise, I advise the traffic police to be more vigilant.”
“Eid is a time of celebration, but let’s also take the opportunity to reflect on how we can behave better for the good of the nation.”
“Let us keep our values and good ethics to guide the younger generation, remembering that the better we behave and embrace each other, the better our prospects for a happier and more fulfilling life.