By Adama Tine
The Independent candidate for the Gambia’s December 4th presidential elections Essa Mbye Faal on Thursday made assurance to boost employment to ensure more jobs for Gambian youths as well as increase salaries in contrast to the current ones if elected president.
Speaking in Berending, North Bank Region, Faal said; “What Gambians want now is a youthful government, a young president,” adding: “We need a president who is educated. You want a president whom when he goes to England, you would not be sending a watchman but someone with knowledge. If they speak, he speaks.”
Faal said many Gambian intellectuals and experts are working outside the country because there is no space in the country.
He added that some people who do not have any knowledge and they are the ones holding power so firmly that they do not want to leave. “So, they hold power just like that. That is why I entered politics. I want to cut that down so that the knowledgeable ones can come back to the country and the youths will realise themselves.”
“Now you are paying school fees for your child for 12 years; and he or she would finish school, but he or she cannot even get a job. Even if he or she gets work, it is to become a soldier or police, which pays D1,500 or D1,800. Even a housemaid’s salary of D4,500 in Banjul is way better,” he stated.
According to him, “If I take this country, when I educate the youths after 8 to 10 years, they would earn money.”
On education, he cited the Gambia College as an example where people would pay tuition fees for about two or three years and upon completion, they are paid little money.