The Manifesto | Jainaba Bah: BAC Chairperson
FELLOW GAMBIANS AND THE PEOPLE of the West Coast. I am Jainaba Bah, the first nominated female candidate for Chairperson Brikama Area Council (BAC).
As an advocate for women’s participation in Politics, I am using this platform to set an example to all Gambian women that we can go beyond dancing, clapping, and being Cheerleaders in politics.
I was born in Brikama. Both my parents are from Foni Sintet village. At 20 years, I was lucky to be employed as a “Secco” manager with the defunct cooperative union. I served in this capacity at various stations, including Faraba Banta and Jarra Bureng, for ten years. In this capacity, I handled millions of dalasi in cash buying farmers’ groundnuts without a discrepancy being recorded by the auditors or the commission of inquiries established by the AFPRC. I attended Gambia High School, Gambia college school of Agriculture, MDI, and Stratford College. I am Head of Logistics of the Interparty Committee (IPC) of the Gambia and National Women President of the PPP.
As women, this is the time to come together and show the world we can be one of the finest leaders as we are naturally true-born leaders. If we can run our homes with closed eyes, we can assume leadership at any level.
The reason why I am contesting is because I have first-hand experience in our struggle as women. I use the same markets as you; my children and I use the same hospitals for health care.
Most male politicians always give us false hopes for women’s empowerment, and I believe this is the time for us to take charge to empower ourselves.
If elected, my number one priority will be to unify all of the West Coast, as there can only be meaningful development with unity. Most of my fellow contestants are already in divisive politics, so you should elect me, as I see beyond religion, political parties, ethnicity, gender, disability, or any form of discrimination.
Health care has been a significant issue, especially for women. Women end up losing their lives during childbirth. I believe this is due to not having the proper support during their pregnancy period. My administration will provide nurses with antenatal and postnatal services to minimize the death rate during childbirth and after the early stage of delivery.
Under my administration, I will support Agricultural projects by helping farmers to form the West Coast farmers union. My office will work hand in hand with them to sell their products both at home and abroad.
We will bring back the Adult literacy program by using our existing regional schools to help adults and school dropouts who are in business or show interest in learning Basic English and Mathematics. The scholarship will be reasonably provided to under privilege students at all levels.
My administration will be putting in support to promote and develop local businesses. Tackle corruption by monitoring and ensuring that revenues are collected and distributed fairly. We will focus on improving social skills. The program will empower youths and women with resources, skills, opportunities, critical awareness, and tools they need for a positive impact.
Waste collection and communication, such as transportation and feeder roads, are among my top priorities.
With my manifesto, I appeal to you to join me for a better west coast region. I am the change we need, I am the voice we deserve for Unity, Progress, and Development.
Jainaba Bah, your first Female Aspiring candidate for Chairperson, Brikama Area Council (BAC)