Sandu Gets New Chief

11/11/2014 08:41
The newly appointed chief of Sandu District in the Upper River Region (URR) was on Saturday sworn into office during an installation ceremony presided over by the Lands and Regional Government minister, at the former’s native village of Sare Gubu.

Chief Basiru Lory Bah took oaths of office, secrecy and allegiance, administered by the governor of the region, Omar Sampo Ceesay.

Other important dignitaries included the chief of Makakolibantang in Senegal, deputy governor of URR, security chiefs, lady councilors, and cultural troupes as well as a cross section of the communities.

In his remarks at the occasion, Minister Momodou Aki Bayo commended President Jammeh for the trust and confidence he bestowed on the new chief. He hastened to urge the new chief to measure up to expectations in ensuring the smooth running of the district. “You have to try and emulate the president as he is somebody who is very God-fearing. It is of paramount importance that you ensure that the truth prevails at all times when you are executing you duties,” he urged Chief Bah.

The Lands minister, while urging the chief to prioritise tackling some of the pressing problems in the district with a view to putting them to past, equally enjoined the people of Sandu to support him in delivering his duties. 

The minister raised eyebrows on increased land disputes in the area, and urged for collective engagement to ensuring that the problem is stamped out before next cropping season. He stressed that unity both within the district and the region at large is a matter of concern, urging for it to be strengthened.

Bayo also called on them to renew their support to President Jammeh and his government in their mammoth challenge to attain rapid socio-economic development.

Governor Sampo Ceesay, for his part, thanked President Jammeh for appointing the new chief, while reminding the latter of the responsibilities that lie ahead.

The governor also stressed the need for unity in the district, saying all must put hands on deck to push forward the common interest of the people. “Given that you have sworn to the Holy Qur’an today, it is therefore important that you maintain the trust that is bestowed on you and execute your duties without fear or favour”, he admonished the new chief.

Ceesay called on the alkalolou of the district to give maximum support to the chief in his bid to fulfill his task, while commending the people of Sandu District for their unflinching support to the ruling government.

The Makakolibantang chief, Alieu Hydara, commended his counterpart for inviting him to the swearing in ceremony, adding that such a gesture clearly indicated the cordiality of the bilateral relations existing between the two countries.

Given that Makakolibantang and Sandu District share boarder, Hydara vowed to work with his counterpart with a view to complementing the development aspirations of presidents Jammeh and Macky Sall.

Batcho Ceesay, also at the occasion, commended the president for the appointment, and described the new chief as a development oriented local governance administrator.

Speaking on behalf of Sare Gubu Student Association, Ebrima Bah thanked President Jammeh and his government for bringing education to the doorsteps of every Gambian, especially in the rural areas. He enjoined parents to redouble their efforts in increasing the enrollment of children in schools, as education has been made free for Gambian children. He said the association is committed to the development of the district and it is ready to support the newly appointed chief in executing his duties.

In his turn to address the gathering, Chief Basiru Lory Bah thanked President Jammeh for the trust and confidence he bestowed on him to serve his communities. He assured him of his continuous support to ensuring that his government’s development aspirations are realized.
The chief urged his people to unite under one umbrella and redouble their support to the APRC government. 
Bah further pledged to prioritise the consolidation of unity in the district, asserting further that he will work with his alkalolou to ensure that land dispute become

Author: Momodou Jawo in Basse, URR/Daily Observer

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