October 8, 2019

Speaker of the National Assembly of the Gambia, Rt. Honorable Marian Jack-Denton has called on his Ghanaian counterpart Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye on Monday 7th October 2019 as she tours to learn from the experience of Ghana.

She was accompanied by Majority Leader Kebba K. Barrow, Minority Leader Samba Jallow,  Muhamed Magassy and Fatumatta Njai both lawmakers, all members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament.

Others are Clerk Momodou A. Sise, Human Resources Rabiatou Jallow, Sally Secka principal accountant, Kalipha MM Mbye director table office Gibairu Janneh director of protocol and Kelepha Nyassi senior protocol officer.

Rt. Honorable Marian Jack-Denton first female lawyer of the Gambia left the shores of Ghana forty-three years ago as student of University of Ghana and had been speaker for two and half years.

“Gambia has come from a very difficult past; we have had twenty-two years of dictatorship nothing worked as Parliament was an extension of the Executive arm of Government that had no independence. Always taking instructions from the Executive, in 2016 things changed and was not business as usual there is a lot to be done”, she told speaker Oquaye.

The visiting Gambia speaker further noted that Ghana has had its difficult moment but had transformed over the years, and are in to learn from experienced lawmakers in Ghana as she would want to leave legacy in Gambia.

They visited the Ghanaian chamber and would be holding meetings with head of research and budget office, to discuss financial and administrative independence, learn from the experience of the Parliamentary Service Board in the coming days.

“We have had good working relation with Ghana where as a lawyer we have had Ghana’s Court of Appeal judges come to work in the Gambia, even at the High Court’s they came there as   judges they help to enrich our jurisprudence”.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com