Gambian leader urges the Diaspora to help develop Africa

Banjul- Gambia (PANA) President Yahya Jammeh of Ga-mbia has enjoined Africans, particularly those in the Diaspora, to work out the continent's development instead of looking up to the West for assistance.
Addressing a group of 50 African-Americans who called on him at his Kanilai home village 50 km off Banjul, Jammeh deplored the numerous wars that plague Africa, "some which could have been resolved through dialogue.
" The visit came as Gambia looks forward to hosting the next world conference of mayors, hence Mayor Loster of Salunaw, Michigan (USA), who is also president of the World Conference of Mayors, briefed Jammeh on what the forum expected of its host.
Loster also praised the Gambian leader for what he said were Jammeh's development initiatives as well as peace efforts in the sub-region of West Africa and beyond.
The African-American visitors brought with them medical supplies, stationery and other gifts in contribution to improving the health, education and other sectors in Gambia.
In another development, some 49 African-American students from American universities have concluded a five-week exchange programme in Gambia.
The programme, which was part of their annual 'Summer Studies Abroad' (SSA), sought to explore them to African culture, dances, languages and other historical values.
The SSA group left Banjul Thursday morning for Dakar, Senegal where they would stay for five days before flying back to the United States.

28 june 2001 21:10:00

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