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Khalipha of the Tidiania calls for peaceful co-existence, unity and solidarity

Fajara, 27 October 2017  President Adama Barrow yesterday received in audience the new Khalipha of the Tidiania, Sereign Ababacarr Mbaye Sy Mansour.  The eminent Muslim leader from Senegal was in The Gambia to attend the annual “Gamo” of Kerr Ousman Jeng, celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).     Meeting with Sereign Ababacarr Mbaye Sy Mansour, President Barrow acknowledged the need for leaders to receive good counsel, and pledged to continue to do his utmost in the execution of his duties as President.    The new Khalipha emphasised the importance of strengthening family ties, upholding religious values and hard work.  He spoke of the hope which he said people have in President Barrow’s administration, and he prayed for the president to achieve his goals.      Serign Mbaye Sy Mansour said Gambians had been challenged for many years on strategies to overcome the difficulties they experienced, but Allah had intervened and directed the change, which brought President Barrow to lead them. The Khalipha expressed optimism for the continued warm and close relationship between President Barrow and President Macky Sall, which he said greatly reinforced ties between the two governments.      The Khalipha called on the Gambian leader to be accommodative of people who speak truth to power, and to know that as a leader, he should always listen to what his conscience tells him and what he is told.  He stressed that leaders have responsibilities as they lead people who have different levels of commitment and kinds of character.  He advised that President Barrow’s focus should be on the goal of leadership.  He advised the president to stick to certain important values and principles: remaining modest, non-discriminatory and not degrading anyone. He emphasised that leadership goes with truthfulness, accountability, compassion and the ability to balance issues carefully.      The Khalipha called on everyone, including coalition members, to be truthful and to realise that there cannot be an easy fix for all the challenges that The Gambia faces because of the difficult circumstances that the government inherited.  He called for peaceful co-existence, unity and  solidarity for the nation to succeed.      Sereign Mbaye Sy reiterated the religious bond between The Gambia and Senegal and their people, and thanked everyone for the hospitality accorded to his delegation.      For his part, President Barrow expressed gratitude for the good advice and prayers that he received from the Khalipha. He took the opportunity to express condolences to the Sy family for the loss of  the last Khalipha Al Amin and other members of the family.      President Barrow reassured the Khalipha of the continued peaceful co-existence between the two countries and their people. He said he and President Sall would be committed to the continuous strengthening of bilateral ties.  The Gambian leader urged all to continue to “pray for peace and respect for our religious leaders, as no one person can have everything.”   He said responsibilities have to be shared, and he commended Ambassador Salieu Ndiaye of Senegal, who accompanied the  delegation to State House, for his tireless efforts to strengthen bilateral relations.    Also accompanying the Khalipha were Imam Ratib, Cherno Alieu Mass Kah, leader of the Tivaouane in Banjul , Imam Tafsir Gaye, and representatives of Ahlou Tivaaoune and  family of Mam Ousman  Jeng, initiator of the annual Gamo of the Tijani Talibehs in Banjul.    

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RE: UTG Ordered To Pay Entitlements, Damages Caused To Former Finance Director

By Bakary Sambou  Sukuta    Dear Editor    The news ( on The Fatu Network) that UTG is made to pay damages to its former Director of Finance by a competent court in Kanifing is something that should not be taken lightly by all those who have a stake in UTG, especially the Ministry for Higher Education and the UTG staff association. The verdict has highlighted some pertinent questions that need to be answered by the authorities at UTG;     How did it come to this when both staff, students, and indeed the poor  Gambia populace were made to belief that Kojo’s contract ended and was  therefore not renewed by UTG?    Who are those who decided to wrongful terminate Kojo’s contract ( as per  court verdict) leading to this unfortunate scenario we are facing now?    Now that this unfortunate event happened, what will or should be the fate of all those major players involved in this saga? Is it not fair to the general  Gambia populace that such individuals should dance to the tune for taking  such an erroneous decision?    We the general public are keenly following developments. This actually is a litmus test for the Barrow Government. The injustices of the former  government in these kind of situations should be a thing of the past. It is  high time that those in position of responsibility be accountable for  whatever decision they take or fail to take in the execution of their official  functions. The University is a public property and those entrusted to run it  should not be exempted from accountability.     If the Higher Education Ministry and UTG staff association are serious  about the advancement of UTG, this should serve as a window of opportunity to ensure that those responsible are brought to book because the financial implication here can result into thousands dalasis of taxpayers  money being paid out to an individual due to reckless decision making of  a few people. This is really unforgiving and we are waiting to see how this whole saga will end and whether culprit(s) will be justifiably punish or not.   

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