Gambian journalists react to the news that GPU SG Saikou Jammeh is stepping down after five years of service

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:- After serving The Gambia Press Union (GPU) for five years, the umbrella body for journalists in The Gambia has announced on Wednesday that it’s bidding farewell to Secretary General, Saikou Jammeh who will be stepping down at the end of this year.

Many Gambian journalists took to social media to react to his resignation. Many thanked him for his service, while several others commended his exemplary contribution to the development of journalism in the country.

First to react was his boss, the President of the Gambia Press Union, Sheriff Bojang Jr.

“You are such a rare breed. As you take on your next challenge, I thank you for dedicating the entire last 5 years of your life to the GPU and the welfare of the media and journalists. We are grateful to you, we are indebted to you. I want to be like you when I grow up,” he said, acknowledging that it was “extremely difficult” to accept Saikou’s resignation as GPU Secretary General.

Sainey MK Marenah also paid tribute to Mr Jammeh, describing him as friend.

“As you leave the Union so dare to you, I wish you the very best in the future. I know that whatever the future holds, you will excel and continue to be successful. We will miss you but this isn’t goodbye as we know you will keep in touch and we will see you sooner rather than later. Thank you for everything you have given In the service of Gambian media fraternity. Best wishes Na Boyo.”

According to Sang Mendy, he has “done a lot for the union. God bless you in your new endeavor. It was a pleasure working with you.”

Modou Joof added: “Thank you Saikou Jammeh for the dedication to press freedom, freedom of expression, and the welfare of Gambian journalists. Good luck, wish you all the best in your next engagement.”

To Hatab Fadera, Saikou is an exemplary leader. “This must be so hard for him knowing his love for the GPU. In five years, Saikou’s stellar performance hugely turned things around at the GPU, making it a very robust institution. Wishing you the very best in your new venture.”

Sulayman Ceesay said he served the union with dedication and commitment. “Your contribution to press freedom, freedom of expression, and the welfare of Gambian journalists in The Gambia is fully recognised. Good luck, wish you all the best in your next engagement. Please, continue your fight for the development of journalism in the country.”

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