THE CRC HOLDS INDUCTION FOR STAFF
The Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) has begun a four – days training for its staff and media partners on Tuesday, 16th October, 2018. The induction, taking place at Baobab Beach Hotel in Bijilo, is meant to familiarize participants with the constituent documents of the CRC and the methodology for the implementation of the Commission’s tasks.
The CRC was established by the Constitutional Review Commission Act of 2017, to review and analyze the 1997 Constitution, draft a new Constitution for the Republic of The Gambia and prepare a report in relation to the review process and the drafting of the new Constitution.
The Commission’s report will outline the processes engaged in reviewing and drafting the new Constitution and provide the rationale for the provisions contained in the new Constitution.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Secretary of the CRC, Omar Ousman Jobe, welcomed participants to the maiden capacity building for the CRC staff who already took their oath of office. He said the training will introduce and avail the newly recruited staff to the core mandate of the CRC, its action plan and other relevant strategic documents the CRC had prepared.
The training is being facilitated by the Commissioners of the CRC and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).
The Chairperson of the CRC, Justice Cherno Sulayman Jallow (QC), welcomed the new staff to the CRC noting that, it is paramount that new staff and journalists understand the mandate and work of the CRC.
“It is important that we ensure that the particular goal of drafting the new Constitution for The Gambia and accompanying report is done properly, effectively, efficiently and in a timely fashion,” he said.
Justice Jallow recognized the value of the CRC staff in ensuring the CRC executes its mandate and therefore enjoined them to be committed to duties and serve with due diligence.
He added: “The constitutional review process is designed to be fair, transparent and as objective as possible.”
He said the process is a ‘national endeavor’, designed to ensure that the Constitution will stand the test of time adding that the CRC is committed to fairness and impartiality in the process and that it will ensure that the document reflects the needs and aspirations of the Gambian people.
The chairperson noted that the constitution making process will include the inputs of all Gambians both in the country and the diaspora.
“We have a collective responsibility to ensure that whatever we do is transparent, fair and objective. The credibility of the CRC depends on the credibility of each and every one of us,” he advised.
During the course of the induction, participants are expected to be introduced to the CRC’s strategic documents and other thematic issues relevant to the development of the new Constitution.
Participants at the training expressed delight to be part of the process and resolved their unflinching commitment to relentlessly serve the CRC. They highlighted their expectations from the training.
For more information, please contact:
Secretary to the CRC
Head of the CRC Communication Unit