The signing of a 10-year agreement between University of The Gambia (UTG) and a Nigerian university, the call by some parliamentarians for President Jammeh to be made a king, and the arrival of First Ladies from various countries in Africa for the Women Advancement Africa forum in Banjul dominated Gambian press on Friday.The Point and Daily Observer newspapers reported that the UTG and Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Nigeria have recently signed a 10-year Strategic Framework Agreement for Capacity Building’.
According to a release from the UTG, the agreement was reached during a five-day visit to Nigeria by a delegation from the UTG led by Vice Chancellor Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah.
The two parties agreed to collaborate and partner in the delivery of joint degree programmes with OAU’s Distance / e-learning programmes through UTG’s digital campus.
Meanwhile, The Standard and The Point newspapers reported that some National Assembly Members of the ruling APRC party have called for The Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, to be crowned king.
Speaking during the adjournment debate at the National Assembly complex in Banjul on Thursday, Hon. Abdoulie Saine, member for Banjul Central constituency, and nominated member Babou Gaye Sonko, said President Jammeh should be a king cognizant of the rapid socio-economic development he brought to the country.
Meanwhile, the Daily Observer newspaper said First Ladies from various countries in Africa will start to arrive in The Gambia on Friday May 23rd, ahead of the Women Advancement Africa forum.
The forum, scheduled to take place from 25th- 29th May in Banjul, is expected to bring together at least 500 women across the world.
Under the theme Empower a woman give the world a future beyond Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the objectives of the forum include to advocate for the advancement of women and ensure that they are inspired and motivated in all sectors.
The Gambia would be the first country in the sub-region and the third globally to host the Forum after Germany and South Africa.
( Courtesy APA ……… Source ……. New Africa Business News)