NAWEC PRO SHOULD NOT ANTAGONISE THE MEDIA BUT SHOULD TAKE THEM AS PARTNERS IN DEVELOPMENT

All public servants should take assessment and evaluation result as raw material for good policy making and proper delivery of services. The media has the role of amplifying the concerns of people and institutions.

If a whole community marches to NAWEC to express their problem NAWEC will feel intimidated and will most likely ask the police to intervene. Hence the NAWEC PRO should appreciate the role of the media in going to the community and presenting to NAWEC what is essentially their concerns. This avails NAWEC the opportunity to explain their position and assure the community that their problems will be looked into. This is how the media could contribute to development.

Readers would confirm that when rubbish dumps are exposed by Foroyaa and cleared by the authorities the paper does inform the public that their problem has been remedied. The authorities who are responsible for the concerns of the people would appreciate receiving facts of those concerns from the media. They will use the media as their eyes and ears in order to know what they are doing right or wrong.

This is why section 207 subsection (3) of the Constitution states:

The press and other information media shall at all times, be free to uphold the principles, provisions and objectives of this Constitution, and the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people of The Gambia.”