The President Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh has received three new international accolades in recognition of his humanitarian work in the areas of peace mediation and traditional medicine. The awards were given to the President by officials of the International Parliament for Safety and Peace (IPSP) at a ceremony held at Cabinet room Wednesday.
The International Parliament for Safety and Peace appointed President Jammeh as its 3rd International Vice President, and as a Senator For Life. The Gambian leader has also been conferred an Honorary Professorship for Traditional Medicine by the School of Biology and Life Science at the Empresarial University of Costa Rica.
The citation of the awards highlighted President Jammeh's outstanding contribution to peace mediation efforts which received wide acclamation as well as his sacrifices for humanity. It described him as a champion and supporter of peace and unity. The Honorary Degree on the other hand recognizes Dr Jammeh's humanitarian work in the field of traditional medicine which impacts positively on the lives of many.
Reacting to the awards President Jammeh said it is an honour bestowed on the Gambian people, who he said have made it possible for him to gain the recognition. He told the officials of the IPSP that his motive for curing diseases such as HIV/Aids and others which are labeled as incurable is not to gain cheap popularity but to show the world that there is a cure for such ailments. He noted that despite the wide criticisms from various corners of the international community, notable institutions have shown their appreciation for his efforts which he said is highly commendable.
The Gambian leader also spoke of his peace mediation efforts and disclosed what he termed as the Silent Diplomacy he had used in the resolution of the conflicts in Sierra Leone and Liberia, among others.
Secretaries of State for Communications, Information and Information Technology and Foreign Affairs, Fatim Badjie-Janneh and Dr Omar Touray, on behalf of their cabinet colleagues congratulated the President for the awards which they described as “worthy and fitting”. Fatim Badjie Janneh said though small, The Gambia and its people have continued to make significant contributions in transforming the lives of people around the world.