THE NEW GAMBIA’S PREDICAMENT
Written By Dibba Chaku
It is often said that “the secret to change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.” Change management can be a daunting task and if not handled with care and precision, an organization or a nation may slip and fall into some perilous ravine and then be faced with a mammoth task of trying to emerge from its quandary. The Gambia is faced with the conundrum of trying to put herself on the right footing amid novice mediocre leadership and rampant ‘chunneh’ conduct that is doing nothing but stifling her efforts to head in the right direction. This tiny nation does not lack the human resources to put her on track. What is lacking though from my vantage point is the political will to fix this country once and for all, and it would be delusional to think and hope for a fortune stroke of serendipity to salvage The Gambia. We can’t continue to go down the same path and expect better results each time. Exceptional leadership especially from the highest office of the land is what we need at this point in time. The unfortunate reality though is that the highest office of the land has been downgraded to some mediocre entity and does not seem able or willing to lay down that unbreakable solid foundation for subsequent administrations to build on. The journey to development is arduous for we have been stagnating, or creeping at a chameleon pace for a while. The sooner we realize that and get to work sooner than later the better for us. We can’t change the past, but we can certainly learn from it and work on building the future. As always, nothing will change unless something changes.