Gambia: Gender activist calls for better policies, job creation in Gambia

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian  gender activist has urged the new government of President Adama Barrow to change the bad policies of ex-president Yahya  Jammeh and expand the economy to promote employment and development, especially for the youth.

Amie Sillah told PANA in an interview on Wednesday that the government should act quickly to  speed up and improve the country's governance that has been a problematic issue since independence.

Youth unemployment rate in Gambia is currently put at 16.68 percent of the national unemployment figure.

Sillah argued that government should not depend on tax alone for revenue generation, but it should also diversify and invest in agriculture, health and education as the key sectors for growth and development.

She claimed that both the first and second republic could not perform to public expectations due to bad governance and yet the same trend seems to be surfacing.

“Gambia's productive force is not developed although that should be our interest. We can create employment if we change the policies. We all have a role to play, but the government has a bigger role because those in the government are representatives of the people.

"People have to be educated. Civic education should be offered to the people. They should know who they vote for. Let them vote for quality people, let them vote for programmes. Their vote should not be based on friendship, relationship, ethnicity or religion. We must vote positively,” she concluded.
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19 july 2017 16:37:29

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