THE WAY FORWARD: Gambia, no one will fault you for celebrating your victory, your new found freedom [from servitude.] But you must also realize that the jubilation and merry-making may not go on forever. - Brahima Mbodge
Pretty soon, you shall have to go back to work, for the task ahead is pretty daunting. The government should get out of your way, or act mainly as a facilitator [and a pretty moderate regulator if need be]; only then can it free the Gambian genius required to take us forward. After a period like the one we've been through, the most common mistake, or temptation, is to try some form of socialism. But that does not work. In fact, this has never worked anywhere on this globe. [Socialism, at least the Marxian sort, is a theoretically flawed ideology.]
What works is the reduction of taxes [on the people], the stabilization of our currency, and a free and fair market economy, three of the main conditions for an entrepreneurial people to be able to begin creating wealth again. Even though ours is a herculean task - by the way, The Gambia is among the poorest countries of the world, and one of two African countries that supply the largest numbers of economic migrants to Europe - our problems may be fixed in a lifetime or less.
But that will require soundly educating our people [preferably at home.] The types of education you will need most are the technological and managerial sorts. For indeed, without these two forms of training, it will be almost impossible for this country to attract any significant amount of foreign investments [which, in my opinion, are a necessary condition for the durable development of poor countries such as ours.]
Democracies is really the sine qua non conditions for any form of [genuine] development; but our newly found democracy alone will amount to absolutely nothing freedom wise, if we do not develop beyond the poverty stricken stage we are in. For, as a matter of fact, no one who struggles daily against serious basic needs can claim to be free.
OUR NEW SLOGAN SHOULD INCLUDE FREEDOM NOT JUST FROM SERVITUDE TO THE STATE [AND ITS STRONG MAN], BUT ALSO FREEDOM FROM WANT [OF OUR BASIC NEEDS].