Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Open Letter to Lamin Njie, Communication and Media officer Ministry of Interior.

Dear Mr. Spokesperson,

Reference is invited from your response letter to the article published on the freedom newspaper titled "Why Is Ding-Ding Manso Not Part Of Barrow’s Delegation At The UN"?

Though a spokesperson is responsible for creating and maintaining a positive public image for an institution. They communicate with the public and advise their institution in matters of public relations.

In another note I never knew that the Ministry of Interior have a Spokesperson. If you were one I would had expect you to comment on the Kanilai demonstration, Farato riot, and the highly increasing rate of murder and rape in The Gambia as you just did on your recent letter titled “The Hon. Minister Was Supposed To Be On The Plane With The President But Could Not Because He Had To Stay Back And Handle Some Very Urgent Security Policy-Related Tasks-Aide”.

I stand on top of mountain Everest to tell you that I am not convince as per your recent clarification letter on why the Minister of Interior is not part of the delegation at the UN in America.

The question one might be quick to ask will be. Mai Fatty who used to travel with President Barrow always, why is he not part of the delegation this time around to America?

I submit to you that part of the agenda of the summit will be on security issues, and who will be there for the ministry?

Please be reminded that Mai spent many days in Mecca for hajj at a time when the country need him most as the only Interior Minister in charge for security.

According to your letter you said “something cropped up in between before Barrow left town, and as such he couldn’t join the delegation”.

You also mentioned that “Honorable Minister was among top-shelf government officials who were at the airport to see off the President and delegation.”

According to Oxford dictionary “top-self” mean something of a high quality; excellent.

I also submit to you that I graduated from the University of The Gambia with a B.Sc. Degree in management class of 2013. In which university and which program did Mai Fatty read to earn him the prestigious title of “top-self”?

Since you are the Spokesperson I challenged you to clear the doubt as per that untold “something” and “top-shelf” to minimize defects as it is part and parcel of your duties and responsibilities to do so.

Communication is the blood vein of any institution which encompass sending information from one party to another in which both parties receives the same understanding as intended by the sender.

Having someone speak on behalf of an institution is a huge responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly. Statements in reference to an investigation can affect credibility and image. Statements that are rash and sometimes false can be damaging. And, a lack of a statement can be detrimental and can create a negative perception to the general public.

In final note please be informed that comments and claims are thrown about constantly and spread like wildfire across social media. When you get a request to comment, take your time to respond (within reason). Listen to the question. If it’s a simple matter, handle it expeditiously. If it is more complex, tell the reporter you’ll need to get back to them and ask about the deadline. Responding in these ways will allow for a more thoughtful answer and will help build or maintain credibility with the media. Avoiding the call or responding with no comment will have the opposite effect.

I stand with the America 35th President John F. Kennedy where he said “Never fear to negotiate and never negotiate out of fear”.

It is also my “right of freedom of speech and expression” and “right of academic freedom”, which are expressly guaranteed by Section 25 (1) (A) and Section 25(1) (B) respectively, of The Gambia’s 1997 Constitution.

Note: I will never write as an anonymous.


Saidina Alieu Jarjou

Blogger/ Activist/ Watchdog.  

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