The U.S. chief envoy to The Gambia has called for patience amid growing hastiness for the Barrow administration to create jobs and deliver swift justice in the West African nation.
Ambassador Patricia Alsup gave the counsel during a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Embassy in celebrating America’s Independence Day in Banjul.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day. We can’t expect President Barrow and his team to turn The Gambia completely around in a few short months,” she said.
“Even in my own country [United States], we still working to achieve our ideals. It has taken us over 240 years to advance to our current state of democracy, and we’re still not finished.”
Barrow inherited a virtually insolvent nation. His predecessor is alleged to have mismanaged billions and siphoned state money.
Yahya Jammeh was defeated in last year’s presidential polls and fled the country with luxury goods and more than $50 million dollars.
Barrow has since scaled down the impoverished nation’s budget by $23.8 million dollars with most of the cuts coming from funding for his office and the first family.
Gambians have for decades longed for freedom, an idea, which many Gambian activists in the United States have used as a selling point to voters in their native country to defeat Jammeh in the polls.
(Reporting by Omar Wally; Writing by Sam Phatey; Contribution by Sainey Marenah)