The Gambia on Monday celebrated its 54th anniversary of independence, which was attained on Feb. 18, 1965 from Britain.

Addressing thousands of citizens at McCarthy Square in Banjul, President Adama Barrow recognized the efforts of freedom fighters in securing self-rule and determination.

“While it is a day of celebration and jubilation, this auspicious occasion accords the nation the opportunity to take stock of our challenges and progresses since the attainment of nationhood,” he said.

Barrow said the day also provides opportunity for citizens to hold elected governments to account, as independence is not limited to self-rule and freedom from foreign domination but also about “growth and successes as individuals, families, communities, organizations and the nation”.

He also urged all the Gambians to put hands on deck to achieve the goals of the National Development Plan. Enditem

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