Rebutting allegations leveled against SOS Colley

By Ousaman Cham, Rhode Island, U.S.A

Dear Mr. Editor,

Please allow me space in your newspaper to rebut allegations leveled against Secretary of State for Tourism and Culture Ms. Angela Colley posted Sunday May 27, 2007.

Before going any further, I would like to make it clear that am currently living in The U.S, and that I was not even in The Gambia during the appointment of Madam Secretary of State Colley. But upon hearing the news of her appointment, I was extremely happy for genuine reasons. First and foremost was the fact that I knew her when I was much younger. It was around 1992 when she taught me in grade six. So, today as I write in defense of my former teacher, it reminds me of the advice that whatever we do to children, let it be to help and protect them for they might grow up to judge us some day. Ms. Colley will undoubtedly be remembered as someone who help and protect children throughout her teaching career as I am a living witness to that. Like other students, she had instilled self confidence in me which help me top my school, and earned me a reputation for academic excellence. Ms. Colley was a discipline, hardworking, and intelligent teacher who changed the lives of many students. She had tirelessly continued to seek knowledge to further contribute towards the development of our nation. In whatever she find herself, excellence is what matters to her. Therefore, anybody who work with her should be prepared to deliver. Those who knows and value hard work will not make issues out of trivial matters like travel which I doubt ever exist.

To face the challenges of this millennium, be it men or women, all hands must be on deck if we are to salvage our beloved country. Therefore, the likes of Madam Colley should be encourage rather than discourage for been role models in a country like ours where women had always taken the back seat. It might be hard for some to swallow, but today’s world had proven that women are not any inferior to men for they are teachers, doctors, lawyers, judges, engineers, entrepreneurs etc.

To develop our country, we must have a serious national discuss rather than character assassinations and blame games. We must give good and hardworking people the chance to effect changes in our society to make it better. As citizens, we have the right to criticize our leaders when they are wrong, but equally we must give them a pat on the back when they deliver.

Finally, we all must break the silence to help protect our nation, and it’s good people. We must not let people with ill-intend destroy the good who are of great value to us. There are numerous instances in which people had conveyed false and malicious information about others, but am glad that people are coming out to disassociate themselves with such eluding characters. To the hypocrite who coin lies ” shame on you”. And for those who don’t know Secretary of State Colley she is the most lovely sister you will ever meet.

Ousman Cham

Rhode Island, U.S.A

Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2007 (Archive on Monday, June 25, 2007)
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