By Buba Gagigo
The Minister of Public Service, Administrative Reforms, Policy Coordination and Delivery, Baboucarr O. Joof has presided over the conclusion of a week summer camp by the Federation of Gambia Muslim Youths (FEGAMY).
He expressed delight at the rapid growth of the federation, while addressing the gathering on Friday.
“I’m excited, this was just an idea. It was just to coordinate what was going on between the Islamic associations in schools. Today, that is the framework for us to train the children of this country and beyond, because the same philosophy is shared by our brothers in Senegal. That’s why we always come together on occasions like this to celebrate that. We at least have a focus on the fact that there are people in this world to be trained, so that we live better life with the teachings of Islam,” the Minister Joof said.
The event gathered 208 participants from the Gambia and Senegal at the African Muslim Agency’s office in Brufut.
“We dealt with topics such as the role of politicians in bringing about global peace. We had our participants discussing among themselves, how to combat hate speech and political intolerance in the Gambia, which was a successful event. We also had lectures with the best of the country,” Ebrima Ceesay, Camp Director said in his remarks at the closing ceremony.
Taking over from the outgoing president of the federation, Dr Pa Samba Secka thanked his predecessor for a job well done and said his team is looking forward to the challenge.
“The reason why there is comfort, at least in taking this position is that we also have a very good team, mashaAllah. When I look behind and I see the caliber of people that are behind me, there is hope that the Gambia Insha Allah will achieve all its goals within this period that we are going to be in charge of the executive body,” the new president Dr Pa Samba Secka said.
The Federation of Gambia Muslim Youths (FEGAMY) was formed following the congress of the Assembly of Gambia Muslim Youths (AGAMY) and the Federation of Gambia Muslims Students’ Organization (FEGAMSO) in 2019.
A resolution that was meant to combine the two organisations was tabled before members of both organisations and debated before its final adoption.
FEGAMY seeks to represent all Gambian Muslims youth and to bring mutual understanding and collaboration among different Islamic youth organisations.
It is also aimed at promoting and propagating Islam, thereby promoting moral and academic excellence in The Gambia.