President Adama Barrow, Speaking in Brikama
By Fatou Sillah
During a joint meeting with the constituents of Kombo East, Brikama North, and Brikama South, the President of the Republic of The Gambia emphasized that markets are under the jurisdiction of the central government, not the area councils.
“The ownership of markets lies with the central government; councils do not possess any markets. We entrust councils with the responsibility of managing market affairs. No one gives birth to a child and harbors animosity towards it. What I’m conveying to Gambians is that we were lenient in the past five years, but now that period has elapsed. Adhering to the law is imperative; failure to comply will result in consequences,” stated the president.
President Barrow also urged the Brikama Area Council to prioritize cleaning the area before claiming to assist the women.
“I am advising the council to roll up their sleeves and clean the area first. It’s the easiest task for a council. Regardless of how inefficient a council may be, they can accomplish that. However, even the council’s entrance is very dirty. You claim to assist women, but you can’t even maintain cleanliness. Look at the Brikama Market, where we erected 88 stores and a multi-story building—a first in Brikama’s history,” he remarked.
Additionally, President Barrow stressed the interdependence of the Brikama Area Council and the central government, emphasizing that the council’s existence relies on the central government.
“I’m telling you that the council won’t exist without the central government. The two entities work hand in hand. The council, with all its resources, is smaller than the central government. Advise the council to exercise patience. The council cannot construct roads, markets, or provide electricity. These initiatives are facilitated by the central government. If you refuse to collaborate with the government, what will you offer your people?” questioned the president.
President Barrow concluded by calling on all Gambians to unite for national development, emphasizing the need for individuals in various roles to set aside differences and work collectively for the country’s progress.
“My message is clear: whether you are working with the Area Council, at the Governor’s office, or with the government, we all need to unite, prioritize the people’s interests, and work towards advancing the country. Personal conflicts from the campaign period should be set aside for the greater good. Continuously engaging in past battles won’t fulfill the people’s expectations during your tenure,” he concluded.