Gambian press zooms on government retreat, Gambian joining ISIS
The first ever cabinet retreat of the new Gambia Government on Friday and the breaking news of a Gambian citizen joining the Islamic State terrorists group, ISIS dominate the headlines of Gambian newspapers on Monday.
The Point Newspaper said the Gambian leader, Mr. Adama Barrow, on Friday presided over his government's first cabinet retreat organised in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in The Gambia, under the theme '' Collaborative Leadership and Dialogue''.
Addressing the gathering, President Barrow hailed the ''timeliness'' of the meeting involving his ministers and the team of technicians working together for common vision and development priorities of government, the Newspaper reported.
Speaking at the meeting held in Banjul, the United Nations Special representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Muhammed Ibn Chambas, said the three-day convergence was an opportunity for the country to shape its destiny in the interest of the citizenry regardless of ethnicity, politics and religion.
The Daily Observer reported that President Barrow has reaffirmed that accountability will be the move to start with in a bid to ensure that state resources are judiciously utilized. He said government should manifest integrity and transparency and represent the interest of the electorates.
The Standard Newspaper said a young Gambian named Dawda Jallow has reportedly joined the ISIS terrorists group, citing a video in which Jallow pledged loyalty to the group.
It said the young man, who attended Nusrat Senior Secondary School, in The Gambia, was reportedly recruited in the country and left the country on a fellowship to Morocco in 2015 and never returned.
His friend in The Gambia, Talibeh Touray, acknowledged that Jallow was inspired by the group since he was in the Gambia, saying he was fond of watching videos of different radical Islamist groups.
The Voice and Foroyaa newspapers also reported on the government's three-day retreat and other issues making the news in the country on Monday.