|SPEECH AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE RETREAT OF THE MINISTRY OF LANDS AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENT|
SPEECH AT THE OPENING CEREMONY
OF THE RETREAT OF THE MINISTRY OF LANDS AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENT AT THE RURAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTUTE, MANSAKONKO, LOWER RIVER REGION
DELIVERED BY HONOURABLE MOMODOU F.K. KOLLEY, MINISTER, MINISTRY OF LANDS AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENT
23RD JANUARY, 2014
Governor, Mayors, Chairperson, CEOs, Paramount Chief
Directors, Senior Officers, Staffs
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to the 1ST EVER RETREAT of the Ministry of Lands and Regional Government, the first of its kind.
I would like to thank those tasked in organizing this event and to commend them for making such a gathering possible. This Retreat is consistent with clarion call of His Excellency, the President for all sectors at Management level to touch base on strategic issues and challenges. This event will surely help us build synergic, focus and collectivity among our numerous diverse sectors and unit as we work together towards the realization of our mandate as enshrined in the Vision 2020 and the Government Development Blue Prints. The important of integrated approach both vertically and horizontally for a key sector like ours cannot be our emphasized. It is therefore important that at Policy level, this Retreat will be held regularly to help us take stock of the past and plan properly for the future challenges and deliveries. The outcome of the policy dialogue will also crucially form the basis for our sectoral presentations at the upcoming Cabinet Retreat.
Therefore, it is my fervent hope that the recommendation and decision made during the retreat will be evidence based, frank, realistic and sustainable. Thus, I count on all of you to come-up with recommendations which will ensure that this is a successful Retreat.
Each year, as an arm of Government, we make commitments to the public in terms of provision of services and other essential deliverable of life. These commitments are translated into specific, measurable targets that we set ourselves and in resources provided for us to deliver. To deliver, we needed attitudinal change as is always clamored by the President of the Republic Sheikh Professor Dr. Alhajie Yaya A.J.J. Jammeh. Thus, a corresponding shift in paradigm would be needed to achieve the desired results.
Therefore, this exercise of planning is followed by implementation and then by review which can done through a series of self auditing
Have we done what we said we would do? Have we delivered the services the public expect? Have we maintained the momentum in pursuit of our goals and objectives? Have we improved the living conditions of the citizens?
Over the next two days, we will get some answers to these and other related questions. The purpose of this Retreat is to focus on clear
Mindedly on the facts to be presented before us here, and to decide on what this means for the future. Where we have not delivered and why?
What can be done about it?
Therefore, let us focus on our processes, activities and plans with a view to register success in what we will be doing here and thereafter.