It is not going to be a quick fix for the Barrow’s government considering the mess left by the last regime under the leadership of a thief of a president.
Several warnings about the daunting task the new government will face were made during the political impasse and now it seems the signs are beginning to manifest.
Yaya Jammeh left us in such a precarious situation that makes every sector of our economy a priority for the government to fix. All sectors are near moribund.
It will be practically impossible and certainly unrealistic for the new government to remedy all the damages done to our economy and social fabric of our nation in the short term. They need time and space to get things done meaningfully and professionally.
Consequently, we the citizens need a great deal of patience and understanding that there are no quick fixes to complex and protracted problems.
Meanwhile, while, we are patient with our government we should also not lose sight of what they are doing and the pace they are taking in doing them. So, I don’t also blame those who want to see some urgency in the way our new government in dealing with issues and providing our felt needs.
The recent press conference by the Justice Minister, Baa Tambadou, should give hope that the government is doing everything possible to ensure justice is served.
We should be proudest of the systematic step by step approach the government is taking in getting into the root of every crime committed and setting up the structures needed to redress them.
The freezing of all Jammeh’s assets, and bank accounts, the proposed establishment of a commission of inquiry, Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the appointment of a Public prosecutor for the NIA 9, are all critical to achieving the most anticipated justice the country is yearning for.
The Gambia police force must be thanked for the achievements they registered so far, especially in apprehending the Jammeh killer machines and charging them with crimes they had committed without subjecting them to any torture or maltreatment.
I would argue that the police is increasingly gaining the confidence of the public they are serving and trust is slowly but surely building up.
Barrow’s open doors policy and dynamic foreign policy is attracting a number of foreign investors to The Gambian. The bilateral and multilateral cooperation that are being forged by this new government will not only better Gambia’s standing in Africa but also in the world.
In this short period, the government bagged loads of millions of dollars for development projects in the country. If these funds are judiciously utilized, the economy will certainly emerge from the danger zone toward a path of stabilization.
Land issues are always very sensitive and a potential to start a conflict. Yaya Jammeh has forcefully taken People’s lands from them for his personal use and brought lots of misunderstandings and mistrust amongst communities, who were living together harmonious for decades.
The sporadic land disputes that are recently emerging is a course for concern. We call on the government to look into the land issues very carefully and adjudicate between the parties swiftly and impartiality. I would suggest a Land Commission to be set up to look into all the inappropriate land grabbing by Jammeh and his collaborators.
Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. It’s essential for quality human existence and advancement. It must be protected and preserved. However, freedom comes with responsibility. Citizens should never take the law into their own hands and must not mistake freedom to protest for causing chaos and damage to properties.
The government should not be complacent in ensuring the security and stability of the country. The security services should be very vigilant and swiftly act to quell any unlawful riots with all its fiber but in compliance with the law of the land.
For sustainable development to be achieved, our environment must be protected and preserved. We should, therefore, call on the government to put environmental protection in the center of its development drive.
We cannot afford our fragile environment to be degraded by foreign investors at will. Safeguards must be put in place to protect our environment from investors, whose only interest is maximizing their profits and pay less attention to the damages they do to our flora and fauna.
I would argue that the new administration is steering the ship in the right direction. Despite the uncharted waters, the ship is navigating through.
We, the citizens should just be a little bit patient with them without ignoring their actions and the pace at which they are moving. There is hope in the air for The Gambia, and I believe that better days are ahead of us.