Monday, 5 August 2013
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 Crr — The Education For All (EFA Net) in collaboration with partners on Thursday sensitised stakeholders on the School Improvement Grant (SIG) in Janjangbureh, Central River region (CRR). The SIG initiated by the Ministry of Basic and Seconday Education (MoBSE) is aimed at relieving parents of their children's educational expenses at the level of lower basic schools by September 2013. The German backup educative initiative for Africa provides funding for sensitisation programmes on the SIG through the EFANET.

 
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the regional education director (region-five) Gibril YM Bah, said the SIG is meant to reduce the burden of school costs on parents. He pointed out that all forms of school levies would be abolished at the lower basic schools by september 2013 . He said school authorities are expected to develop and execute program of activities for the promotion of quality eduacation with the help of the SIG. Bah urged participants to ensure that the information reach the general public. The regional education director further revealed that the SIG will be introduced in upper basic schools in 2014.
Monday, 5 August 2013
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The Gambia's anti-hunger campaign recently got a major boost following a renewed commitment by the number one farmer, the president of the Republic, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Dr. Yahya Jammeh during his recent 'Dialogue with the People Tour'. President Jammeh's pronouncement that The Gambia, a small country in West Africa, will not import rice come 2016 has been highly embraced. In fact farmers across the country, most especially those in the provinces, have been spurred to increase production in their quest to meet the presidential declaration.

But this ambitious anti-poverty goal is not only a mere pronouncement, as the president intends to further develop agriculture, the mainstay of The Gambia's economy, contributor of 32% of the Gross Domestic Product, and the provider of income for 80% of the population.

Given the fact that about 54% of the land area in The Gambia is good quality arable land, the president intends to introduce a countrywide irrigation system to boost production. In addition, he also pledged a staggering US$100M package for Gambian farmers; all meant to boost production and attain the country's most yearned objective of food self-sufficiency whereby the entrenched dependency on imports will be a thing of the past. Countrywide irrigation plan

Monday, 5 August 2013
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 The bedrock of relations between Turkey and Gambia was formed with military training provided by Turkish military officers in the 1990s, and recent agreements on logistics and new military training now pave the way for the two countries to cooperate in peacekeeping operations.

A large number of Gambian military officers have benefited from military training provided in both Turkey and in Gambia. The military training cooperation agreement that was signed on March 23, 1990 was updated last year with new provisions.  
 
“This training has helped us quite a bit since we undertake a lot of peacekeeping operations in our region and under the UN,” said Gambian Ambassador to Turkey Gibril Joof, adding that Gambia is one of the shining examples in peacekeeping operations thanks to the training provided by Turkey. The envoy also underlined that the training, which was first conducted only with military officers, is now done at the commando level. As of now, Gambia has been involved in eight peacekeeping operations, some of which are regional while others are international missions.
Monday, 5 August 2013
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 The Gambia Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) has chosen the Lower River Region (LRR) through the YMCA Economic Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Project Office of the region to host the 2013 Africa Youth Day in November.

 
The decision for LRR to host one of the organisation’s most important events in its calendar was communicated to the regional YMCA office by Joseph Peacock, deputy National Director of the Gambia YMCA, who was on tour to supervise the progress of the final batch of youth on the skilled jobs training in the region.
 
Speaking to the YMCA students and their trainers over the week in Jarra Soma, Mr Peacock said plans are at an advanced stage from his end to transform the YMCA office in LRR from a project focus to a permanent institutional chapter of the organisation.
Monday, 5 August 2013
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We wish to join the rest of the Islamic Ummah in the commemoration of the Lailatul Qadr, an Arabic term meaning the 'Night of Power'; the most significant night in the month of Ramadan and the Islamic calendar in general. As we have been taught in the Islamic religious literature, this is a night in which the process of the revelation of the holy Quran is revealed to the prophet. Even though the specific night is still a mystery, scholars have consented that the prophet has identified it to be in the last ten days of the month of fasting.
 
It is therefore important that as we task ourselves to the service of our Lord on this auspicious day, we reflect on the general well-being of every human being and also intensify prayers to Allah to continue showering his blessings on humanity. This is necessary because as human beings, we must at all times remember that the forces that bind us together are far more greater that those that should keep us apart; after all, it is that same Almighty that we all hail from and to whom we shall all return. The month of fasting is known to be a month of purification and seeking more prayers to the Almighty Allah. We must therefore distance ourselves from acts that are unpleasant to others, much more our neighbours and society at large.
Monday, 5 August 2013
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President Yahya Jammeh has said that he was shocked, when he read a report presented to him recently about a visit to the State Central Prison Mile 2, which among others highlighted the plight of inmates, especially those at the remand wing of the prison, some of whom have been there for years with only one court appearance.
He was speaking Thursday during the swearing in of the newly-appointed Chief Justice of The Gambia, Justice Mabel Yamoa Agyemang, at State House in Banjul.
‘‘I was shocked that there are many cases and many people languishing at the remand wing just waiting for judgment; there are people who have appeared only once in a court, and it has been adjourned and up to today, they have never appeared in court again, and they are in the remand wing,’’ President Jammeh said.