A statement from the statehouse confirmed that the president will be embarking on a 20-day nationwide tour.
This as stipulated in the official itinerary will begin from the 18th November to the 7th December 2019. It is a constitutional requirement stated in section 222 (15) of the 1997 Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia. The president is supposed to dialogue and assess the condition of the people and gather firsthand information on the impact of government policies on their lives.
According to the release “during this period, the president is expected to chair over 44 public meetings, and spot visits to development projects relating to agriculture, education, health care, youth entrepreneurship throughout the country.”
It states that President Barrow will also use this as an opportunity to reiterate his call for unity, social cohesion, and harmony in the pursuit of peace, security and socio-economic and political progress of the country. He will also engage with the members of the public on the government’s development blueprint – the National Development Plan, particularly the President’s priority areas.
For the first part of the tour, the presidential delegation will hold meetings in North Bank Region and Central River Region-North, while the rest of Week One will be spent in the Upper River Region.
Over the weekend, the delegation will stop in parts of the CRR South and Lower River Region. The final leg of the tour will take place in the West Coast Region, Kanifing Municipality, and the Greater Banjul Area with a mega meeting in the City of Banjul.