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Finance minister: 2022 revenue & grants to reach D29.87B

The Point - Wed, 20/10/2021 - 15:08

He said the 2022 National Budget will place great emphasis on building the resilience of our systems, processes and communities on accelerating the pace of the country’s economic recovery, promote economic diversification, enhance our national competitiveness as well as ensure inclusive growth.

“Total Revenue and Grant in 2022 is projected to reach D29.87 billion, which represents a growth of 16% compared to 2021 figure of D25.76 billion. The increment is mainly attributed to project grants, tax and non-tax revenue,” he disclosed.

According to him, project grants are envisaged to reach D9.7 billion in 2022, compared to D8.8 billion in 2021. Meanwhile, he added, total tax revenue is projected to reach D13.9 billion in 2022 with 14% increase compared to D12.2 billion in 2021.

The 2022 budget he said will need budget support amounting to D2.6 billion from development partners such as the IMF, European Union, The African Development Bank and the World Bank compared to D3.2 billion in 2021.

The Finance minister further said the total expenditure and net-lending is projected to increase from D31.75 billion in 2021 to D32.15 billion in 2022, representing a growth of 1%.

He added that the increment in Personnel Emolument (PE) from D4.8 billion in 2021 to D5.1 billion in 2022 is a result of planned recruitment of additional teachers by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE), payment of allowances to election officers, increased allowances for nurses and midwives as well as factoring yearly increments based on promotions.

He further said as The Gambia is poised to host the Heads of State and Governments Summit (OIC) in 2022, the event would require substantial amount of resources to upgrade vital roads, energy and infrastructure across the country and as a result, the capital expenditure is expected to register a growth of 159% to D12.16 billion in 2022 from D4.69 in 2021.

“The 2022 Budget will prioritise social protection measures for vulnerable groups and ensure inclusive growth in the economy. This is in line with the recently launched Programme for Accelerated Community Development (PACD), which is highly significant for our national development and contributes to reducing disparities in development between Rural and Urban Gambia,” he noted.

He added that the infrastructure development, roads in particular would also feature meaningfully in the 2022 budget as the government would continue the construction of several key road projects such as the Nuimi- Hakalang Road, the Sabach Sanjal Road, the Saloum- Nianija Road, the Sankandi Road and the Banjul Rehabilitation Project (BRP).

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Finance minister: 2022 revenue & grants to reach D29.87B

The Point - Gambia - Wed, 20/10/2021 - 15:08

He said the 2022 National Budget will place great emphasis on building the resilience of our systems, processes and communities on accelerating the pace of the country’s economic recovery, promote economic diversification, enhance our national competitiveness as well as ensure inclusive growth.

“Total Revenue and Grant in 2022 is projected to reach D29.87 billion, which represents a growth of 16% compared to 2021 figure of D25.76 billion. The increment is mainly attributed to project grants, tax and non-tax revenue,” he disclosed.

According to him, project grants are envisaged to reach D9.7 billion in 2022, compared to D8.8 billion in 2021. Meanwhile, he added, total tax revenue is projected to reach D13.9 billion in 2022 with 14% increase compared to D12.2 billion in 2021.

The 2022 budget he said will need budget support amounting to D2.6 billion from development partners such as the IMF, European Union, The African Development Bank and the World Bank compared to D3.2 billion in 2021.

The Finance minister further said the total expenditure and net-lending is projected to increase from D31.75 billion in 2021 to D32.15 billion in 2022, representing a growth of 1%.

He added that the increment in Personnel Emolument (PE) from D4.8 billion in 2021 to D5.1 billion in 2022 is a result of planned recruitment of additional teachers by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE), payment of allowances to election officers, increased allowances for nurses and midwives as well as factoring yearly increments based on promotions.

He further said as The Gambia is poised to host the Heads of State and Governments Summit (OIC) in 2022, the event would require substantial amount of resources to upgrade vital roads, energy and infrastructure across the country and as a result, the capital expenditure is expected to register a growth of 159% to D12.16 billion in 2022 from D4.69 in 2021.

“The 2022 Budget will prioritise social protection measures for vulnerable groups and ensure inclusive growth in the economy. This is in line with the recently launched Programme for Accelerated Community Development (PACD), which is highly significant for our national development and contributes to reducing disparities in development between Rural and Urban Gambia,” he noted.

He added that the infrastructure development, roads in particular would also feature meaningfully in the 2022 budget as the government would continue the construction of several key road projects such as the Nuimi- Hakalang Road, the Sabach Sanjal Road, the Saloum- Nianija Road, the Sankandi Road and the Banjul Rehabilitation Project (BRP).

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FJC, Action Man say Jammeh powerless to decide for APRC

The Point - Wed, 20/10/2021 - 15:03

Speaking at a rally in Sukuta, FJC asked all APRC supporters to remain calm; saying what happened was just a load on their heads.

“I off my phone because everyone knows my loyalty to APRC and Fabakary Tombong Jatta. I received calls from very important persons around the world, who are very happy about the matter. There is only one APRC and I urged you not to fight or quarrel with anyone. The comment of Fabakary’s arrest, Rambo’s fallen are all nonsense.”

She continued that they sat in Yundum for an ordinary congress and reviewed the APRC constitution which stated that the party leader and the secretary-general have the power to appoint or dismiss anybody without going to congress. However, FJC said Fabakary is the party leader and the chairman of APRC and has the right to speak on behalf of the party.

“We are APRC and we are in records of the Independent Electoral Commission and Attorney General with the red seal, so the 11 names mentioned as the new executive are not the party of APRC. I want all APRC supporters to rally behind Fabakary. We are with him till the grave and we will continue the alliance with NPP.”

She concluded that they would come out with all the legalities of the party, adding that Jammeh removed himself from APRC and has no voice in APRC.

On the other hand, Action Man said now is the right time APRC should stand in solidarity with Mr. Jatta and support him.

“Let us not listen to anyone apart from Mr. Jatta and NEC. IEC registered only one APRC with Fabakary’s name. The IEC has their rules and regulations and they wouldn’t accept any other name the same as APRC, unless they join GANU or stand as independent.”

He called on all APRC militants to vote Barrow for peace and progress.

“There is something behind to make sure Barrow loses the election. Now is the time the country has independent because what Jammeh thought and what will happen is totally different. What goes around, comes around and because he (Jammeh) used to throw people out of the party. Now he will be expelled daylight.”

Action Man reiterated that Jammeh is no more part of the party, saying he is just a follower because he doesn’t have a legal voter’s card and he is not in the registration of the party.

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FJC, Action Man say Jammeh powerless to decide for APRC

The Point - Gambia - Wed, 20/10/2021 - 15:03

Speaking at a rally in Sukuta, FJC asked all APRC supporters to remain calm; saying what happened was just a load on their heads.

“I off my phone because everyone knows my loyalty to APRC and Fabakary Tombong Jatta. I received calls from very important persons around the world, who are very happy about the matter. There is only one APRC and I urged you not to fight or quarrel with anyone. The comment of Fabakary’s arrest, Rambo’s fallen are all nonsense.”

She continued that they sat in Yundum for an ordinary congress and reviewed the APRC constitution which stated that the party leader and the secretary-general have the power to appoint or dismiss anybody without going to congress. However, FJC said Fabakary is the party leader and the chairman of APRC and has the right to speak on behalf of the party.

“We are APRC and we are in records of the Independent Electoral Commission and Attorney General with the red seal, so the 11 names mentioned as the new executive are not the party of APRC. I want all APRC supporters to rally behind Fabakary. We are with him till the grave and we will continue the alliance with NPP.”

She concluded that they would come out with all the legalities of the party, adding that Jammeh removed himself from APRC and has no voice in APRC.

On the other hand, Action Man said now is the right time APRC should stand in solidarity with Mr. Jatta and support him.

“Let us not listen to anyone apart from Mr. Jatta and NEC. IEC registered only one APRC with Fabakary’s name. The IEC has their rules and regulations and they wouldn’t accept any other name the same as APRC, unless they join GANU or stand as independent.”

He called on all APRC militants to vote Barrow for peace and progress.

“There is something behind to make sure Barrow loses the election. Now is the time the country has independent because what Jammeh thought and what will happen is totally different. What goes around, comes around and because he (Jammeh) used to throw people out of the party. Now he will be expelled daylight.”

Action Man reiterated that Jammeh is no more part of the party, saying he is just a follower because he doesn’t have a legal voter’s card and he is not in the registration of the party.

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Janet Sallah Njie appointed commissioner to the African Commission on Human & People’s Rights

The Point - Wed, 20/10/2021 - 14:58

The 39th Session of the Executive Council of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights recently appointed four members into the commission. They include: Ourveena Geereesha Topsy- Sonoo from Easter Region, Solomon Ayele Dersso from Eastern Region, Janet Salah-Njie from Western Region and Idrissa Sow from Western Region.

Janet Sallah-Njie is a lawyer by profession and currently the managing partner at Torodo Chambers; one of the leading law firms in The Gambia. Prior to her establishing her own law firm, she served in various positions within the public service of The Gambia from 1989 to 2002.

She started as state counsel in the Ministry of Justice in 1990 and rose through the ranks to the offices of Parliamentary Counsel (1996-(1998); and Solicitor General and Legal Secretary (1998-2002). She ended her career in the public service as Legal Advisor to the Governor of the Central Bank of The Gambia in 2002.

Mrs. Sallah Njie has a distinguished career as a legal practitioner and Women’s Rights Advocate and also very familiar with international and regional mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa.

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Janet Sallah Njie appointed commissioner to the African Commission on Human & People’s Rights

The Point - Gambia - Wed, 20/10/2021 - 14:58

The 39th Session of the Executive Council of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights recently appointed four members into the commission. They include: Ourveena Geereesha Topsy- Sonoo from Easter Region, Solomon Ayele Dersso from Eastern Region, Janet Salah-Njie from Western Region and Idrissa Sow from Western Region.

Janet Sallah-Njie is a lawyer by profession and currently the managing partner at Torodo Chambers; one of the leading law firms in The Gambia. Prior to her establishing her own law firm, she served in various positions within the public service of The Gambia from 1989 to 2002.

She started as state counsel in the Ministry of Justice in 1990 and rose through the ranks to the offices of Parliamentary Counsel (1996-(1998); and Solicitor General and Legal Secretary (1998-2002). She ended her career in the public service as Legal Advisor to the Governor of the Central Bank of The Gambia in 2002.

Mrs. Sallah Njie has a distinguished career as a legal practitioner and Women’s Rights Advocate and also very familiar with international and regional mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa.

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3 suspects arrested with over 2kg of suspected cannabis

The Point - Wed, 20/10/2021 - 14:50

The suspects are currently under the custody of Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG) as investigation into the matter continues. All three suspects were reportedly arrested by DLEAG personnel in the Kanifing Municipality.

Ousman Saidybah, spokesperson of the narcotic agency who was contacted for comments, confirmed the development. He said DLEAG operatives stationed within the Kanifing Municipality on Sunday 17th October 2021 around 21:00 Hours GMT onwards clutched two adult male Gambians with one hundred ( 100) bundles of suspected cannabis sativa. 

“Karafa Bojang 52 years old and a resident of New Yundum and Sulayman Jatta 42 years old and a resident of Sinchu Alagie were arrested in Old Yundum while onboard a black Mercedes Benz with Registration Number BJL 9787 M."

Saidybah further added: “The said suspected cannabis were placed in used flour bags, wrapped in black nylon bags, and placed in the back seat and boot of the car. 

Both suspects are currently in custody while an investigation into the matter continues."

According to him, one Ensa Badjie, a Gambian national and a resident of Tanji was also arrested on 15 October 2021 around 20:45 hours GMT onwards in Tanji with twenty big bundles of suspected cannabis sativa. 

“The twenty bundles of suspected cannabis were concealed in used flour bags with each bag containing ten (10) bundles. 

The said suspected cannabis sativa were wrapped with brown papers, inserted in a yellow nylon bag, and concealed in a used rice bag."

“All three suspects were arrested with quantities above two (2) kilograms and as per the provisions of the Drug Control Act (DCA) 2003, they are charged for being in possession of prohibited drugs for the purpose of drug trafficking contrary to section 43(4) e of the DCA 2003."

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3 suspects arrested with over 2kg of suspected cannabis

The Point - Gambia - Wed, 20/10/2021 - 14:50

The suspects are currently under the custody of Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG) as investigation into the matter continues. All three suspects were reportedly arrested by DLEAG personnel in the Kanifing Municipality.

Ousman Saidybah, spokesperson of the narcotic agency who was contacted for comments, confirmed the development. He said DLEAG operatives stationed within the Kanifing Municipality on Sunday 17th October 2021 around 21:00 Hours GMT onwards clutched two adult male Gambians with one hundred ( 100) bundles of suspected cannabis sativa. 

“Karafa Bojang 52 years old and a resident of New Yundum and Sulayman Jatta 42 years old and a resident of Sinchu Alagie were arrested in Old Yundum while onboard a black Mercedes Benz with Registration Number BJL 9787 M."

Saidybah further added: “The said suspected cannabis were placed in used flour bags, wrapped in black nylon bags, and placed in the back seat and boot of the car. 

Both suspects are currently in custody while an investigation into the matter continues."

According to him, one Ensa Badjie, a Gambian national and a resident of Tanji was also arrested on 15 October 2021 around 20:45 hours GMT onwards in Tanji with twenty big bundles of suspected cannabis sativa. 

“The twenty bundles of suspected cannabis were concealed in used flour bags with each bag containing ten (10) bundles. 

The said suspected cannabis sativa were wrapped with brown papers, inserted in a yellow nylon bag, and concealed in a used rice bag."

“All three suspects were arrested with quantities above two (2) kilograms and as per the provisions of the Drug Control Act (DCA) 2003, they are charged for being in possession of prohibited drugs for the purpose of drug trafficking contrary to section 43(4) e of the DCA 2003."

Categories: Gambia

Top London Met. officers recognise role of Senegambians  

The Point - Wed, 20/10/2021 - 14:43

The ambition is to bring together people from different cultural and religious backgrounds across the country to collectively work together in harmony.  

The recent compliments were highlighted following the latest “chat about National Inclusion Week 2021” organised by the force.  

However, due to the Covid-19, it was virtually done but at the same time properly coordinated to the satisfaction and expectation of everyone involved.  

The motto of the event: “Our Difference Our Strength” also highlighted several topics conveyed by respected officers and other prominent stakeholders.  

Alieu Jagne, who took part, told The Point that it was “brilliant to be part of such a key event”. He also illustrated the importance of such consultations.  

Giudi (Judy) Pell- Coggins, Department Officer - Chief of Staff Support, Counter Terrorism Policing, who played a major role during the event, was equally optimistic.  

Judy also conveyed a “thank you” message to the participants.  

Referring to Jagne, Judy said: “You were absolutely brilliant and a pleasure and honour to have you as a guest speaker”.  

Judy added: “We had over 70 people in the audience including Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball who thanked you at the end of the session”.  

Preceding contributions by the Senegambians is equally recognised during similar occasions.  

Most prominently, The Point is also credited for its “exceptional role, effort and contribution”.  

For instance, The Association of Muslim Police, during its Annual General Meeting at the Empress State Building in London also acknowledged the role of the Senegambian community.  

During that gathering, Javid Rana, Vice President of NAMP and Chairperson of the Association, expressed his “genuine appreciation” of the Gambian Community.  

Rana also valued the support from both in UK Parliament; European Parliament in Brussels; participation of people from all walks of life including Asians, Africans and Caribbeans and White people.   

Furthermore, during this year’s Eid Al Adha, Rakesh Samplay, Faith and Communities Officer, prayed for “a safe and peaceful” celebration.    

In a communication to this correspondent, Samplay, who attended the occasion with the Senegambians added: “It was a pleasure to share Eid Al Adha prayers with the Gambian community…May this day bring you and your loved ones joy and happiness”.  

Samplay also revealed that Commander Roper from the Crime Prevention, Inclusion and Engagement Department has sent her Eid wishes in the letter for the community.  

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Top London Met. officers recognise role of Senegambians  

The Point - Gambia - Wed, 20/10/2021 - 14:43

The ambition is to bring together people from different cultural and religious backgrounds across the country to collectively work together in harmony.  

The recent compliments were highlighted following the latest “chat about National Inclusion Week 2021” organised by the force.  

However, due to the Covid-19, it was virtually done but at the same time properly coordinated to the satisfaction and expectation of everyone involved.  

The motto of the event: “Our Difference Our Strength” also highlighted several topics conveyed by respected officers and other prominent stakeholders.  

Alieu Jagne, who took part, told The Point that it was “brilliant to be part of such a key event”. He also illustrated the importance of such consultations.  

Giudi (Judy) Pell- Coggins, Department Officer - Chief of Staff Support, Counter Terrorism Policing, who played a major role during the event, was equally optimistic.  

Judy also conveyed a “thank you” message to the participants.  

Referring to Jagne, Judy said: “You were absolutely brilliant and a pleasure and honour to have you as a guest speaker”.  

Judy added: “We had over 70 people in the audience including Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball who thanked you at the end of the session”.  

Preceding contributions by the Senegambians is equally recognised during similar occasions.  

Most prominently, The Point is also credited for its “exceptional role, effort and contribution”.  

For instance, The Association of Muslim Police, during its Annual General Meeting at the Empress State Building in London also acknowledged the role of the Senegambian community.  

During that gathering, Javid Rana, Vice President of NAMP and Chairperson of the Association, expressed his “genuine appreciation” of the Gambian Community.  

Rana also valued the support from both in UK Parliament; European Parliament in Brussels; participation of people from all walks of life including Asians, Africans and Caribbeans and White people.   

Furthermore, during this year’s Eid Al Adha, Rakesh Samplay, Faith and Communities Officer, prayed for “a safe and peaceful” celebration.    

In a communication to this correspondent, Samplay, who attended the occasion with the Senegambians added: “It was a pleasure to share Eid Al Adha prayers with the Gambian community…May this day bring you and your loved ones joy and happiness”.  

Samplay also revealed that Commander Roper from the Crime Prevention, Inclusion and Engagement Department has sent her Eid wishes in the letter for the community.  

Categories: Gambia

Hamat Bah reacts to Darboe's roads and bridges claim 

The Point - Wed, 20/10/2021 - 14:31

For the past weeks, President Adama Barrow inaugurated the $81 million roads and bridges project in URR, in which he disclosed that the project is fully granted. Last week, Lawyer Darboe visited Basse and pronounced that he was the one that negotiated the project with the Chinese government.

However, Minister Bah said: “I want to remind him (Darboe) one thing, he knows that very well. The role of a minister in any government in the world is a delegated responsibility from the President of that government. Every ministry belongs to the President but because the President has so much work, he delegates the responsibility to individuals and called them ministers.

“But the position of Abubacar Darboe as foreign minister is worse. You know why? Even though the president delegates the responsibility, the constitution says that the foreign policy of the government of The Gambia shall be directed and be dictated by the President.

Mr. Bah continued that for Darboe to claim the negotiation, shows that the UDP leadership is bankrupt of ideas and they have nothing to present to the Gambian people. He said UDP has completely run out of ideas and has nothing to present to the Gambian people.

Dwelling on Jammeh's claim to withhold APRC alliance with NPP for GANU, Bah said in 2015, the political amendment Act was passed by the National Assembly and assented to by the then President and it’s a law. He added that part of the law states that no one can be a member of any political party’s executive or can lead any party when you live outside The Gambia.

“So APRC leadership you are right. Fabakary Tombong Jatta is the legitimate, rightful leader of this party, and you have demonstrated that you believe in the rule of law. You will earn the respect of Gambians and the international community for respecting the rule of law.”

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Hamat Bah reacts to Darboe's roads and bridges claim 

The Point - Gambia - Wed, 20/10/2021 - 14:31

For the past weeks, President Adama Barrow inaugurated the $81 million roads and bridges project in URR, in which he disclosed that the project is fully granted. Last week, Lawyer Darboe visited Basse and pronounced that he was the one that negotiated the project with the Chinese government.

However, Minister Bah said: “I want to remind him (Darboe) one thing, he knows that very well. The role of a minister in any government in the world is a delegated responsibility from the President of that government. Every ministry belongs to the President but because the President has so much work, he delegates the responsibility to individuals and called them ministers.

“But the position of Abubacar Darboe as foreign minister is worse. You know why? Even though the president delegates the responsibility, the constitution says that the foreign policy of the government of The Gambia shall be directed and be dictated by the President.

Mr. Bah continued that for Darboe to claim the negotiation, shows that the UDP leadership is bankrupt of ideas and they have nothing to present to the Gambian people. He said UDP has completely run out of ideas and has nothing to present to the Gambian people.

Dwelling on Jammeh's claim to withhold APRC alliance with NPP for GANU, Bah said in 2015, the political amendment Act was passed by the National Assembly and assented to by the then President and it’s a law. He added that part of the law states that no one can be a member of any political party’s executive or can lead any party when you live outside The Gambia.

“So APRC leadership you are right. Fabakary Tombong Jatta is the legitimate, rightful leader of this party, and you have demonstrated that you believe in the rule of law. You will earn the respect of Gambians and the international community for respecting the rule of law.”

Categories: Gambia

Police confirm death of 5 at Bilal Boarding School fire outbreak

The Point - Wed, 20/10/2021 - 14:27

According to The Fatu Network, the boys lost their lives after they got trapped in their room.

Police spokesman Lamin Njie said: “We can confirm a fire incident at the Bilal Boarding School situated at Yundum in the Westcoast Region. The incident occurred on Sunday 17 October 2021 at the early hours of the morning.

“Five students have been confirmed dead while seven others are hospitalised in critical conditions.

“An Investigation panel has been formed to probe into the matter and establish the cause of the fire as well as gather relevant evidence. The public will be duly informed about developments.”

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Police confirm death of 5 at Bilal Boarding School fire outbreak

The Point - Gambia - Wed, 20/10/2021 - 14:27

According to The Fatu Network, the boys lost their lives after they got trapped in their room.

Police spokesman Lamin Njie said: “We can confirm a fire incident at the Bilal Boarding School situated at Yundum in the Westcoast Region. The incident occurred on Sunday 17 October 2021 at the early hours of the morning.

“Five students have been confirmed dead while seven others are hospitalised in critical conditions.

“An Investigation panel has been formed to probe into the matter and establish the cause of the fire as well as gather relevant evidence. The public will be duly informed about developments.”

Categories: Gambia

Gambians urged not to substitute peace with any political gains

The Point - Wed, 20/10/2021 - 14:22

She made these remarks last Thursday during a-day long regional dialogue organised and supported by Geneva for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) and WANEP Gambia. The forum was held at LRR Governor’s office conference hall.

The forum was part of strengthening community awareness on peace building and the role of the security in the maintenance of peace ahead of the forthcoming presidential election.

The dialogue was also meant to bring various communities together and discuss challenges ahead of the presidential election and carve out the way forward for a better Gambia.

She cited that there cannot be meaningful development in the absence of peace and security, and therefore, appealed to Gambians not to compromise the peace and security of the country.

The LRR governor thanked DCAF and WANEP for the initiative she described as timely.

Alfusiney Jarsey, chief of Jarra West, said the forum is worth emulating to ensure grassroots are sensitised about the importance of peace, their rights and responsibilities during the presidential elections.

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Gambians urged not to substitute peace with any political gains

The Point - Gambia - Wed, 20/10/2021 - 14:22

She made these remarks last Thursday during a-day long regional dialogue organised and supported by Geneva for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) and WANEP Gambia. The forum was held at LRR Governor’s office conference hall.

The forum was part of strengthening community awareness on peace building and the role of the security in the maintenance of peace ahead of the forthcoming presidential election.

The dialogue was also meant to bring various communities together and discuss challenges ahead of the presidential election and carve out the way forward for a better Gambia.

She cited that there cannot be meaningful development in the absence of peace and security, and therefore, appealed to Gambians not to compromise the peace and security of the country.

The LRR governor thanked DCAF and WANEP for the initiative she described as timely.

Alfusiney Jarsey, chief of Jarra West, said the forum is worth emulating to ensure grassroots are sensitised about the importance of peace, their rights and responsibilities during the presidential elections.

Categories: Gambia

Maiden flights for 2021-2022 winter tourism  starts Oct. 22nd

The Point - Gambia - Fri, 15/10/2021 - 13:20

 

Gambia Experience flight will be followed by TAP Portugal on Sunday, 31 October. Air France joins the route for the first time and expected to land with tourists at the BIA on Monday, 1 November at 16:55 hours.

TUI (UK) direct flight from Gatwick and Manchester will be received in the country 2nd and 3rd November at 20:00 hours each day respectively.

In addition, on 3rd November at 21:30 hours, Correndon Airline from Holland will jet into BIA while TUI Holland and TUI Belgium flights will commence on 1st and 23rd December respectively.

Further, Rainbow International flight will also commence in the month of December too, but the date would be announced later.

As preparation in high gear for the resumption of the season, Adama Njie, director of Marketing GTBoard on behalf of the board and Ministry of Tourism and Culture, called for collective efforts of stakeholders and individuals to make it fruitful.

Thus, the season will officially kick off on 22nd October after a long break caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The DoM stated that further update on arrival times and other flights would be announced as the season progresses.

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Maiden flights for 2021-2022 winter tourism  starts Oct. 22nd

The Point - Fri, 15/10/2021 - 13:20

 

Gambia Experience flight will be followed by TAP Portugal on Sunday, 31 October. Air France joins the route for the first time and expected to land with tourists at the BIA on Monday, 1 November at 16:55 hours.

TUI (UK) direct flight from Gatwick and Manchester will be received in the country 2nd and 3rd November at 20:00 hours each day respectively.

In addition, on 3rd November at 21:30 hours, Correndon Airline from Holland will jet into BIA while TUI Holland and TUI Belgium flights will commence on 1st and 23rd December respectively.

Further, Rainbow International flight will also commence in the month of December too, but the date would be announced later.

As preparation in high gear for the resumption of the season, Adama Njie, director of Marketing GTBoard on behalf of the board and Ministry of Tourism and Culture, called for collective efforts of stakeholders and individuals to make it fruitful.

Thus, the season will officially kick off on 22nd October after a long break caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The DoM stated that further update on arrival times and other flights would be announced as the season progresses.

Categories: Gambia

Over D4M WB-NAWEC water project  phases out

The Point - Gambia - Fri, 15/10/2021 - 13:17

During a press conference yesterday at NAWEC, Hawa Jallow, communications officer for NAWEC, disclosed to journalists that the Covid-19 water tanks by the World Bank are no longer sustainable.

 The project was funded by the World Bank with the objective of giving Gambians the opportunity to have uninterrupted water supply that they can use to curb the pandemic.

 According to her, the project has ended and the World Bank has declared that they can no longer continue to fund the project which was implemented by NAWEC. 

She added that NAWEC on the other hand does not have the financial muscle to continue with the project and would therefore decommission the tanks by Friday 15 October 2021.

“Since the Covid-19 pandemic showed its ugly head in The Gambia,” she said, “NAWEC with the World Bank’s support has been giving humanitarian assistance in the form of sanitisers, soap to schools and madrassas across the country.”

 Tamsir Sawaneh, a representative of the Water Business Unit, NAWEC, revealed that a task force dubbed ‘Covid- 19 NAWEC Water Response’ was established on 18 March 2020 on the instruction of the then MD to respond to the Covid- 19 pandemic in the country.

 He added that the objective of the task force was to intervene in areas with NAWEC network where there was acute water supply.

 According to him, most of the areas that NAWEC installed the tanks were areas that didn’t have sufficient water supply, which is 12 hours of uninterrupted water supply.

 “We are aware that people have access to water problems but we would like to inform the public that the end of this project is beyond us as a company because the World Bank can no longer fund the project,” he explained.

 He further said that: “We would never shy away from saying that we failed the customers because we cannot give them water as much as they want but we are working tirelessly to positively improve the situation and investigations are going on to make sure that the water problem is solved,” he continued

 “We would drill more boreholes within the task force and that one is in high gear. I can’t precisely say when the water shortage problem would be solved but we are doing everything possible to give the people the best they expect from us,”

 Mr. Sawaneh added that NAWEC was to procure more than 300 plastic water tanks of 2000 and 5000 litre capacity but along the way, they realised that was a colossal amount .

 He further added that what they did with the Greater Banjul Area was that they stationed the tanks at places where water shortage was very serious such as Kololi, Kunkujang, some parts of Tabokoto and Sukuta which were the most affected areas.

Categories: Gambia

Over D4M WB-NAWEC water project  phases out

The Point - Fri, 15/10/2021 - 13:17

During a press conference yesterday at NAWEC, Hawa Jallow, communications officer for NAWEC, disclosed to journalists that the Covid-19 water tanks by the World Bank are no longer sustainable.

 The project was funded by the World Bank with the objective of giving Gambians the opportunity to have uninterrupted water supply that they can use to curb the pandemic.

 According to her, the project has ended and the World Bank has declared that they can no longer continue to fund the project which was implemented by NAWEC. 

She added that NAWEC on the other hand does not have the financial muscle to continue with the project and would therefore decommission the tanks by Friday 15 October 2021.

“Since the Covid-19 pandemic showed its ugly head in The Gambia,” she said, “NAWEC with the World Bank’s support has been giving humanitarian assistance in the form of sanitisers, soap to schools and madrassas across the country.”

 Tamsir Sawaneh, a representative of the Water Business Unit, NAWEC, revealed that a task force dubbed ‘Covid- 19 NAWEC Water Response’ was established on 18 March 2020 on the instruction of the then MD to respond to the Covid- 19 pandemic in the country.

 He added that the objective of the task force was to intervene in areas with NAWEC network where there was acute water supply.

 According to him, most of the areas that NAWEC installed the tanks were areas that didn’t have sufficient water supply, which is 12 hours of uninterrupted water supply.

 “We are aware that people have access to water problems but we would like to inform the public that the end of this project is beyond us as a company because the World Bank can no longer fund the project,” he explained.

 He further said that: “We would never shy away from saying that we failed the customers because we cannot give them water as much as they want but we are working tirelessly to positively improve the situation and investigations are going on to make sure that the water problem is solved,” he continued

 “We would drill more boreholes within the task force and that one is in high gear. I can’t precisely say when the water shortage problem would be solved but we are doing everything possible to give the people the best they expect from us,”

 Mr. Sawaneh added that NAWEC was to procure more than 300 plastic water tanks of 2000 and 5000 litre capacity but along the way, they realised that was a colossal amount .

 He further added that what they did with the Greater Banjul Area was that they stationed the tanks at places where water shortage was very serious such as Kololi, Kunkujang, some parts of Tabokoto and Sukuta which were the most affected areas.

Categories: Gambia