Gambia’s Youth and Sports Minister, Bakary Y. Badgie, has Friday installed the new board of the National Sports Council (NSC) to be headed by Lamin Jawara.
In his speech Minister Bakary Y. Badgie emphasized the importance of the ceremony, saying it will “set the pace for the start of a very important task of ensuring that our sport is administered by a body.”
Today’s ceremony comes at a time when the tiny West African nation is making waves in sports. Held at NAQAA Conference Hall in Kanifing, the inauguration of the new board was graced by emblematic figures who contributed their quota for the promotion of sports in general.
He then took the opportunity to commend their sense of patriotism as the “national assignment comes with no form of remuneration.”
The Sports Council blend elected delegates with nominated members who are all devoted to their national duty. Members of the country’s sports governing body have a four-year long term.
Minister Badgie encouraged Board members to be absolutely guided by the principles and processes of the NSC.
Badgie made it clear that our success will hugely depend on Board members commitment to deliver on expectations.
Speaking earlier, NSC Executive Director Marschel Mendy reminded everyone that sport in Gambia is “no longer what it used to be.”
“We’ve moved from one level to another thanks to the commitment of some of you,” he said in a satisfactory tone while indicating that the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and by extension the govt of the Gambla, have made it possible.
In a similar vein, NSC Chairman Lamin Jawara thanked the Minister and his staff for the confidence vested in him.
He expressed his resolve to ensure that his reapportionment as NSC Chair will help to pursue continued success.
According to him, the infrastructural development combined with the support of sports associations, constitute a clear testimony of Gambia gov’t commitment for the development of sports.