Alagi Yorro Jallow

(JollofNews) –  “To announce that there must be no criticism of the president… is morally treasonable to the American public.” Theodore Roosevelt

Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed — and no republic can survive” John F. Kennedy.

I am not all criticism. I praise the good, the beautiful, the nice, the true, the right, and the correct, and I criticize their opposites. So, here are my humble suggestions to President Adama Barrow of the Gambia.

Education:Advanced and specialized research university or institute offering graduate studies in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and only accepting the top Gambian STEM undergraduates who are interested in pursuing academic or industrial research.

Goal: To produce brilliant Gambians for research, teaching, technology, and manufacturing and turn the Gambia into a technical knowledge-reliant society that values research and data.

Agriculture:Employment of biotechnology and other agricultural technologies that makes farming or fishing possible in any location or condition and requires sending Gambian agriculturists to countries like Israel, India, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and the United States for training and experience.

Goal: To ensure food security in the Gambia and produce well-trained Gambian agriculturists who can implement both urban and rural agricultural programs for food and employment.

By Alagi Yorro Jallow

The author is founder and former managing editor of The Independent, the Gambia’s only private newspaper before it was banned by the government in 2005. He was a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, a 2007 Nieman fellow and is the author of Delayed Democracy: How Press Freedom Collapsed in Gambia published in 2013.