President Adama Barrow has expressed support for a peace project that was presented to him by a group of Gambian musicians during a courtesy call on him at the State House in Banjul over the weekend. He described the project as a path to uniting Gambians through the power of music.
The peace project is a concept that various Gambian Artistes came up with in the spirit of nationalism and to promote peace and unity through music.
‘’This peace project is very important, there can be no progress in the absence of peace and stability. As President, I and my government will support this project to its success. I have a mandate to the Gambian people and therefore take ownership of this project’’
President Barrow further disclosed to the group that the government has increased the budget for the National Council for Arts and Culture to help the industry grow like in other countries. He said the government can create the right environment and encourage individuals to showcase their skills and talents.
‘’I want to build a strong foundation that will take The Gambia forward. Without a strong foundation, we are going back to square one. We cannot make progress without strong institutions that will dictate what you should and shouldn’t do, regardless of your status’’ adding, that is impossible in the absence of peace and stability.
He stressed that without following the due process, the country will be setting a bad precedent that will be detrimental to the development of the country.
Lamin Cham (Champion) who led the delegation said the project will be in a song format that will include a representation of all tribes in The Gambia and they will hold concert and caravan tours across the country to promote peace and unity.
Source: State House Gambia.