By Lamin Njie

President Adama Barrow has said that his government remains committed to efforts aimed at building a better Gambia.

He said there must be resolve, determination and commitment for the realisation of the change that Gambians desire.

Barrow made the remarks in an address at the MacCarthy Square in Banjul on Monday where Gambians gathered to mark the nation’s 54th Independence Anniversary.

Taking a peep at the nation’s journey in the past 54 years, the President said The Gambia since independence has been on a journey of greater freedom and prosperity.

He said: “As the saying goes, Rome was not built in a day. This applies to all nations and The Gambia is no exception. Therefore as Gambians we have to learn to be patient, realistic and positive.”

The president in his 18-minute address observed that his government has demonstrated willingness to “consult, listen and involve everyone and act on correct advice and knowledge.”

“I have no exclusion strategy based on political, social or any type of affiliation. As a government, we have demonstrated our willingness to consult, listen and involve everyone and act on correct advice and knowledge.

“We have shown strong leadership by consulting where prudent, by making appropriate decisions in all relevant circumstances and by taking necessary action where required,” the president said.