The alkalo of Basse town has appealed to officials of the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) to consult Gambians again on the final draft of the Constitution before its final approval and endorsement.
Momodou Sellu Bah was speaking during the consultation forum held at Basse Youth Centre as part of the CRC and NCCE ongoing consultation meetings with Gambians on reviewing the 1997 Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia.
Alkalo Sellu Bah said Gambians don’t want to repeat what has happened during the past regime where Gambians endorsed a two year term period for the President but was changed thereafter by the leadership.
“After drafting the Constitution, we want the CRC to come back to us and explain whether our contributions were satisfactory or not before sending the report to the President for his final endorsement,’’ Basse Alkalo told the CRC and NCCE officials.
He went further to suggest to the CRC and NCCE officials to give copies of the draft Constitution to the communities and the President so that in the event any part of the Constitution is altered Gambians will know what to do.
The Basse Alkalo commended the CRC and NCCE for the hard-work they are doing through-out the country while describing it as nation building which everybody should be part of.
Sellu Bah registered his profound gratitude to all those who left behind their engagement to come and attend this national forum which if all goes well will be of great significance to all Gambians despite our political, religious and ethnic affiliations.
For his part, the Chief of Fuladou East District, Hameh Minteh Krubally applauded the CRC and NCCE for coming to his district and sensitize the communities about what is expected from them in the Constitutional review process.
He described the consultation as very fruitful stressing that it is a most welcomed gesture from the Government to empower Gambians in the Constitutional building process of the Republic of The Gambia.
By: Lamin B. Darboe