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REMARKS BY HE. ADAMA BARROW
THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA ON THE OCCASION OF
THE SWEARING IN CEREMONY OF NEW JUDGES 15TH MAY 2017
Your Lordship The Chief Justice
Honorable Ministers present here
Secretary-General and Head of Civil Service
Secretary to Cabinet
Judges of the Superior Courts
Members of the Judicial Service Commission
Ladies and gentlemen
Members of the media fraternity
Good morning to you all,
It is my great pleasure to preside over yet another important milestone, this time around, to swear in six newly appointed judges to strengthen our judicial system.
Let me take this opportunity to congratulate all of you on your well-deserved appointments and to assure you of my Government’s firm commitment to the promotion of the principles of an independent judiciary and the rule of law. This is one of the key values that The Gambian people opted for when they decided to choose a new direction on the 2nd of December, 2016.
Never again shall this country return to those dark days of impunity and blatant disregard of Constitutional order. To achieve this, my Government is determined to build strong institutions capable of transforming the state of this great nation from dictatorship to democracy and from despair to hope. We must take advantage of our unique diversity to turn it into collective national strength for the betterment of all Gambians.
The role of the judiciary in this new dispensation cannot be overemphasized. We count on all of you to effectively and honestly contribute to building a strong, open and just society underpinned by the respect for human rights, democracy and freedom for all.
I am fully aware of the numerous challenges besetting the effective and efficient delivery of Justice in this country which includes timely access to justice, limited resources and the capacity to retain competent legal practitioners.
I have no doubt, however, that with collective national resolve and commitment coupled with the continued support from our development partners, we shall be able to reposition the judicial sector to respond to the current realities of our country sooner rather than later.
I have full confidence in the Chief Justice of the Republic The Gambia, His Lordship Hassan Jallow and the team, and I assure you of my Government’s support as we embark on the much needed judicial and other reforms of our systems and structures.
With those few words, I wish you all a very successful tenure in Office.
I thank you all.