The Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh on Wednesday, at the Cabinet Room, presided over the swearing-in ceremony of the new Energy Minister, Mrs. Sirra Wally Ndow-Njie and Mr. Mawdo Juwara as the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Jammeh said Allah the Almighty should be thanked for all the achievements made. "Allah can give you blessings but working towards achieving what you work for yourself is your duty," he remarked. He therefore called on all Gambians to work and build up the country and not to rely on anybody to do it. "I respect the rights of every individual and the value of life; being you black or white, African, Asian, European," President Jammeh added.
The President then took the opportunity to remind the public that the laws of the land will not be compromise. "If anybody takes someone's life in this country and the law says that you will die; you will die no matter what,'' he stressed, while emphasizing the need for Gambians to work together as one in order to relieve themselves from poverty backwardness.
President Jammeh pointed out that his government is one for development with the objective of making everyone happy in the country and humanity at large. The country, the President went on, cannot have sustainable development without industrialization.
Also speaking at the occasion was the Vice President and Minister of Women's Affairs, Her Excellency, Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy. She said the appointment of Mrs. Sirra Wally Ndow-Njie is as a result of her performance over the years as the Deputy Director of (NAWEC) and as well as her dedication to duty, her efficiency in what she does; thus shares the same vision with President Jammeh.
She pointed out that President Jammeh's appointment is not based on gender; rather the quality of the person concerned. The Vice President then reminded the newly sworn-in Minister of Energy that energy is key to development, "because for us to develop our productive sector and create jobs, energy must be there", she said.
Commenting on the appointment of Permanent Secretary Juwara, the Vice President said he is a seasoned public servant who has served the government for many years. She finally assured them of her unflinching support at all times.
The Secretary General and Head of the Civil Services, Mr. Abdoulie Sallah, said the President's appointment of a woman as minister is another demonstration of the trust the President has on the ability and civility of women. According to Mr. Sallah, the importance of electricity and water cannot be over-emphasized reminding the gathering that the President since 1994 has been doing a lot in solving the energy problem.
For her part, the Minister of Justice, Marie Saine Firdaus said she is not surprised that the President has once again chosen a dedicated and committed civil servant to head this important institution.
She thanked President Jammeh for the fact that (NAWEC) under his purview as the energy minister, has done tremendously well in improving electricity supply in the country. She urged them to give there best and to seek the support of other Cabinet colleagues in the execution of their responsibilities.
Mrs. Sirra Wally Ndow-Njie, the new Energy Minister, on behalf of the newly appointed Permanent Secretary, thanked the President for the appointment and prayed that the confidence that the President has bestowed on them will be materialized.
By Cherno A Jallow