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14 villagers charged with arson & felony remanded at Janjangbureh prison

The Point - Gambia - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 1:27pm

The accused persons are facing two counts of felony and arson. However, they both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The accused persons; Omar John, Ali Ceesay, Abdou Mbaye, Ali Secka, Ali Ceesay, Musa Mbaye, Haddim Ceesay, Mod Talla Secka, Modou Habib Secka, Abdoulie Sowe, Batch Samba, Modou Habib Secka, Sheikh Sey and Mustapha Ceesay are all facing conspiracy to commit felony contrary to section 32 (a) of the criminal code cap 10 Volume 3 Laws of The Gambia and Arson contrary to Section 305 of the Criminal Code Sub Section 8 Cap 10 Volume 3 Laws of The Gambia.

According to the particulars of offense, all accused persons sometime in the month of May 2022 at Kerr Mot Ali village in The Gambia in the Upper Saloum District of CRR, conspired among themselves to commit felony there with arson thereby committing an offense. 

Count two states that sometimes in the month of May 2022 at Kerr Mot Ali village, all the accused persons wilfully and unlawfully set fire and burned the houses of Musa Secka, Lamin Sowe and Alhagie Ousman Secka to ashes.

Shortly after their plea of not guilty, police prosecutor Sub-Inspector M. Conteh assisted by sergeant 3449 Kemo Jabang applied for the case to be transferred to the High Court and that the accused person to be remanded in custody, arguing that the magistrate court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the case in accordance with the special criminal code. 

However, Lawyer Sheriff Kumba Jobe, who announced his appearance for the accused persons argued that since the court that the Bansang Magistrate Court lacks the territorial jurisdiction to entertain the matter, arranging the accused at the said magistrate court is violation of the accused rights and that the prosecution team didn’t follow due process.

Lawyer Jobe further urged the court to discharge the accused persons, citing competence, territorial jurisdiction and merits.

However, after thorough look into the two submissions made by the two parties, Magistrate Ndure overruled the defence’s application, thus ordering for all the accused person to be remanded in prison pending the ongoing investigation.

Categorie: Gambia

14 villagers charged with arson & felony remanded at Janjangbureh prison

The Point - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 1:27pm

The accused persons are facing two counts of felony and arson. However, they both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The accused persons; Omar John, Ali Ceesay, Abdou Mbaye, Ali Secka, Ali Ceesay, Musa Mbaye, Haddim Ceesay, Mod Talla Secka, Modou Habib Secka, Abdoulie Sowe, Batch Samba, Modou Habib Secka, Sheikh Sey and Mustapha Ceesay are all facing conspiracy to commit felony contrary to section 32 (a) of the criminal code cap 10 Volume 3 Laws of The Gambia and Arson contrary to Section 305 of the Criminal Code Sub Section 8 Cap 10 Volume 3 Laws of The Gambia.

According to the particulars of offense, all accused persons sometime in the month of May 2022 at Kerr Mot Ali village in The Gambia in the Upper Saloum District of CRR, conspired among themselves to commit felony there with arson thereby committing an offense. 

Count two states that sometimes in the month of May 2022 at Kerr Mot Ali village, all the accused persons wilfully and unlawfully set fire and burned the houses of Musa Secka, Lamin Sowe and Alhagie Ousman Secka to ashes.

Shortly after their plea of not guilty, police prosecutor Sub-Inspector M. Conteh assisted by sergeant 3449 Kemo Jabang applied for the case to be transferred to the High Court and that the accused person to be remanded in custody, arguing that the magistrate court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the case in accordance with the special criminal code. 

However, Lawyer Sheriff Kumba Jobe, who announced his appearance for the accused persons argued that since the court that the Bansang Magistrate Court lacks the territorial jurisdiction to entertain the matter, arranging the accused at the said magistrate court is violation of the accused rights and that the prosecution team didn’t follow due process.

Lawyer Jobe further urged the court to discharge the accused persons, citing competence, territorial jurisdiction and merits.

However, after thorough look into the two submissions made by the two parties, Magistrate Ndure overruled the defence’s application, thus ordering for all the accused person to be remanded in prison pending the ongoing investigation.

Categorie: Gambia

GRA collects D4.72B in 4 months

The Point - Gambia - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 1:24pm

Yahya Manneh further disclosed that this year, the government of The Gambia tasked GRA to collect D13.5 billion as revenue for 2022.

According to him, based on the amount tasked by government, the Customs and Excise is expected to collect D7.82 billion, while Domestic Taxes would bring D5.68 billion, making a total of D13.5 billion for the year 2022. 

He explained that this D4.71 billion collection simply means that GRA has exceeded the target by about 0.3 percent or 13.79 million – that is the overall collection of GRA as end of April 2022.

According to Mr. Manneh, if you compare this to 2021 overall, it represents 7% nominal growth. In simple term, the revenue has grown to D295.11 million. He also recalled that last year, during the same period, GRA collected D4.43 billion despite the deadly coronavirus diseases.

The commissioner general of GRA, Yankuba Darboe, outlined major challenges hindering revenue collection, citing the Ukraine war as one of the factors that has contributed negatively on the revenue collection.

Mr. Darboe cited that despite the global hardship, GRA would continue its commitment and dedication to ensure that the task ahead of them is achieved for the development of the country.

CG Darboe also seized the opportunity to advise the taxpayers to comply and redouble their efforts to settle their tax obligations as Gambia is tax based economy. He also reminded the general public that GRA did not introduce any other tax except the one has existed over the years.

Categorie: Gambia

GRA collects D4.72B in 4 months

The Point - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 1:24pm

Yahya Manneh further disclosed that this year, the government of The Gambia tasked GRA to collect D13.5 billion as revenue for 2022.

According to him, based on the amount tasked by government, the Customs and Excise is expected to collect D7.82 billion, while Domestic Taxes would bring D5.68 billion, making a total of D13.5 billion for the year 2022. 

He explained that this D4.71 billion collection simply means that GRA has exceeded the target by about 0.3 percent or 13.79 million – that is the overall collection of GRA as end of April 2022.

According to Mr. Manneh, if you compare this to 2021 overall, it represents 7% nominal growth. In simple term, the revenue has grown to D295.11 million. He also recalled that last year, during the same period, GRA collected D4.43 billion despite the deadly coronavirus diseases.

The commissioner general of GRA, Yankuba Darboe, outlined major challenges hindering revenue collection, citing the Ukraine war as one of the factors that has contributed negatively on the revenue collection.

Mr. Darboe cited that despite the global hardship, GRA would continue its commitment and dedication to ensure that the task ahead of them is achieved for the development of the country.

CG Darboe also seized the opportunity to advise the taxpayers to comply and redouble their efforts to settle their tax obligations as Gambia is tax based economy. He also reminded the general public that GRA did not introduce any other tax except the one has existed over the years.

Categorie: Gambia

Staff of AG Chambers testifies in Gam-Petroleum trial

The Point - Gambia - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 1:18pm

The duo are standing trail on several charges including economic crime.

Giving his testimony, the witnessed said: "The registrar's office at the Attorney General's Chambers is responsible for registration of all types of businesses in The Gambia, including companies doing business, partnerships and related organisations like charities and the likes."

Mr. Jallow further articulated that in the process of registering, the registrar follows guidance from acts such as the Company Act and Business Registration Act, 2013 and related legal instruments.

The witness told the court that in the process, the entity or so being registered must produce tax clearance certificate from GRA, present photocopies of passports or national identity cards of shareholders and fulfil a set of other requirements.

"If the registrar is satisfied, it will require issuance of certificate of registration, and in the case of a company, there are two certificates. They are certificate of business and certificate of incooperation," the witness said.

The registrar, the witness added, also has the mandate to ensure compliance, adding there is a requirement for entities to be filing annual returns each 12 months.

The witness affirmed that Gam-Petroleum has been filing annual returns. He was shown a document by counsel representing the state, L. Jarjue, which he confirmed as a document of annual returns by Gam-Petroleum, adding that from the contents of the document, it is for the year 2021.

The document was exhibited and tendered by the state counsel as evidence.

Categorie: Gambia

Staff of AG Chambers testifies in Gam-Petroleum trial

The Point - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 1:18pm

The duo are standing trail on several charges including economic crime.

Giving his testimony, the witnessed said: "The registrar's office at the Attorney General's Chambers is responsible for registration of all types of businesses in The Gambia, including companies doing business, partnerships and related organisations like charities and the likes."

Mr. Jallow further articulated that in the process of registering, the registrar follows guidance from acts such as the Company Act and Business Registration Act, 2013 and related legal instruments.

The witness told the court that in the process, the entity or so being registered must produce tax clearance certificate from GRA, present photocopies of passports or national identity cards of shareholders and fulfil a set of other requirements.

"If the registrar is satisfied, it will require issuance of certificate of registration, and in the case of a company, there are two certificates. They are certificate of business and certificate of incooperation," the witness said.

The registrar, the witness added, also has the mandate to ensure compliance, adding there is a requirement for entities to be filing annual returns each 12 months.

The witness affirmed that Gam-Petroleum has been filing annual returns. He was shown a document by counsel representing the state, L. Jarjue, which he confirmed as a document of annual returns by Gam-Petroleum, adding that from the contents of the document, it is for the year 2021.

The document was exhibited and tendered by the state counsel as evidence.

Categorie: Gambia

‘EFSTH has no mandate to depose unidentified dead bodies’

The Point - Gambia - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 1:14pm

Mr. Sanneh’s comments came on the heels of a video that was making rounds on social media in which a lady claimed that a staff of the hospital had shown her a 40-feet container stationed at the Death House containing over 40 unidentified dead bodies.

The video claimed that officials could smell the odor from outside the facility.

According to the video, the cadavers have been in the container for years and the authorities responsible are “not doing anything” to find a solution to remedy the situation.

She called on Gambians “to stage a massive protest” against the situation.

Mr. Sanneh said most of the dead bodies that came to the hospital were escorted by the police and that it's the responsibility of the police to identify those bodies so that they could be buried.

Mr. Sanneh said people should understand that the hospital is not responsible to burying the corps. “They can only keep them at the mortuary.” 

According to him, they were given a go-ahead for the mass burial for those corps which will be done soon and the public will be notified.

PRO Sanneh said the institutions are governed by the rule of law and that those regulations cannot be passed for own favour. "We believe that those bodies have not interfered with our jobs because our services delivery system has not been interrupted by those corpses at the mortuary.”

Categorie: Gambia

‘EFSTH has no mandate to depose unidentified dead bodies’

The Point - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 1:14pm

Mr. Sanneh’s comments came on the heels of a video that was making rounds on social media in which a lady claimed that a staff of the hospital had shown her a 40-feet container stationed at the Death House containing over 40 unidentified dead bodies.

The video claimed that officials could smell the odor from outside the facility.

According to the video, the cadavers have been in the container for years and the authorities responsible are “not doing anything” to find a solution to remedy the situation.

She called on Gambians “to stage a massive protest” against the situation.

Mr. Sanneh said most of the dead bodies that came to the hospital were escorted by the police and that it's the responsibility of the police to identify those bodies so that they could be buried.

Mr. Sanneh said people should understand that the hospital is not responsible to burying the corps. “They can only keep them at the mortuary.” 

According to him, they were given a go-ahead for the mass burial for those corps which will be done soon and the public will be notified.

PRO Sanneh said the institutions are governed by the rule of law and that those regulations cannot be passed for own favour. "We believe that those bodies have not interfered with our jobs because our services delivery system has not been interrupted by those corpses at the mortuary.”

Categorie: Gambia

Serrekunda Market inferno injures 1, destroys “over D1M” worth of materials,

The Point - Gambia - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 1:09pm

The injured person is receiving medical attention at the Kanifing General Hospital.

In an interview with the victims, Sellou Camara, a vendor told this medium that he really couldn’t tell the cause of the fire outbreak because it happened while he was closing.  He stated that when he saw the smoke coming from the shop next to his, he immediately shouted for support.

“Before they all realised that I was serious about my claim, it was already too late because the fire quickly attracted the electric wires. Inside the shop was my father’s D16,000 and 300 kilos of bananas among other valuable items.”

Omar Jadama, also a victim, explained that at the commencement of the fire, he quickly turned off his electric meter and started evacuating some of his textile items.

He added that despite his efforts, lots of his belongings were burnt to ashes, saying they couldn’t know where the fire emanated.

“The items I lost during the incident are estimated at a tune of D200, 000. We call on donors and the government to support us in either way.”

Awa Kujabi, among the victims narrated that she was informed about the fire by her sister while she was at home. 

“I sell banana and honey but everything was burnt including the money my daughter sold for the day. The 350kg of banana loan I took was also burnt and as of now, we are yet to pay the trader.”

She called on donors and the government to help them rebuild their shops and uplift them with starting capital.

Nyimasata Sanneh, an eye witness told The Point that they didn’t notice the fire earlier and as a result, it was difficult to control it due to heavy smoke.

“My husband’s brother who does money transfer lost lot of money that belongs to people. It’s a huge money and cannot be estimated. All the five apartments in the compound, each lost a bed, television set, chairs, refrigerators, clothes and other valuable items. “

She called for donors and the government to support them with shelter, emphasising that the victims are now homeless. She revealed everything in the five apartments were burnt down by the fire.

Categorie: Gambia

Serrekunda Market inferno injures 1, destroys “over D1M” worth of materials,

The Point - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 1:09pm

The injured person is receiving medical attention at the Kanifing General Hospital.

In an interview with the victims, Sellou Camara, a vendor told this medium that he really couldn’t tell the cause of the fire outbreak because it happened while he was closing.  He stated that when he saw the smoke coming from the shop next to his, he immediately shouted for support.

“Before they all realised that I was serious about my claim, it was already too late because the fire quickly attracted the electric wires. Inside the shop was my father’s D16,000 and 300 kilos of bananas among other valuable items.”

Omar Jadama, also a victim, explained that at the commencement of the fire, he quickly turned off his electric meter and started evacuating some of his textile items.

He added that despite his efforts, lots of his belongings were burnt to ashes, saying they couldn’t know where the fire emanated.

“The items I lost during the incident are estimated at a tune of D200, 000. We call on donors and the government to support us in either way.”

Awa Kujabi, among the victims narrated that she was informed about the fire by her sister while she was at home. 

“I sell banana and honey but everything was burnt including the money my daughter sold for the day. The 350kg of banana loan I took was also burnt and as of now, we are yet to pay the trader.”

She called on donors and the government to help them rebuild their shops and uplift them with starting capital.

Nyimasata Sanneh, an eye witness told The Point that they didn’t notice the fire earlier and as a result, it was difficult to control it due to heavy smoke.

“My husband’s brother who does money transfer lost lot of money that belongs to people. It’s a huge money and cannot be estimated. All the five apartments in the compound, each lost a bed, television set, chairs, refrigerators, clothes and other valuable items. “

She called for donors and the government to support them with shelter, emphasising that the victims are now homeless. She revealed everything in the five apartments were burnt down by the fire.

Categorie: Gambia

Gov’t distributes US$100,000 amongst Bronx fire victims

The Point - Gambia - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 1:07pm

Press release

Washington DC, 19 May, 2022: The Embassy of The Gambia to the United States of America and the Permanent Mission of The Gambia to the United Nations in New York inform the general public that it has distributed The Gambia Government allocated funds of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) amongst Gambians involved in the Bronx fire disaster that took place on 9 January, 2022. The fire claimed seventeen lives. Fifteen of the deceased were Gambians.

The Mission and the Embassy, in concert with the Gambian community leaders, designed a distribution formula which allocated Two Thousand Dollars ($2000.00) to each deceased person. With this, altogether the representatives of the Fifteen (15) dead persons received Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000.00), whilst the remaining Seventy Thousand Dollars ($70,000.00) was shared amongst the rest of surviving victims through their family or household representatives. A total of 103 survivors received $679.61 each amounting to $70,000.00.  

In his welcoming remarks, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Gambia to the United Nations in New York, H.E. Lang Yabou, warmly welcomed victims’ families to the Mission and thanked them on behalf of H.E. the President for coming to receive what he described as a gesture of solidarity from the Government of The Gambia. He said the circumstance that led to the meeting is indeed an undesired one, noting that worldly ephemeral material cannot be equated to human life because it is sacrosanct. He used the opportunity to pray for Allah’s mercy on the departed souls.  

Ambassador Yabou explained that previous meetings and consultations with families of victims were all geared towards ensuring that no member of victims’ families is left behind. He said accountability is an integral part of good governance thus the need to ensure that every victim gets their fair share of the funds. He informed the gathering that as government representatives, accountability and transparency are key to their work.

Ambassador Yabou recognised great efforts made by the staff of the Permanent Mission as well as the collaboration and support given by The Gambia Embassy in Washington, D.C, the 2 Mosques, Gambia Youth Organisation and Elders in generating an all-inclusive data concerning the victims and families. He reiterated that the involvement and presence of the Embassy in Washington, D.C. is important as the welfare of every Gambian in the United States falls squarely under the Embassy.

The Ambassador used the opportunity to hail the unity and solidarity among members of the Gambian community, especially, when the unfortunate incident happened. He said the incident has further strengthened bonds of solidarity adding that each and every member of the community rendered support to victims in one way or the other. Ambassador Yabou returned gratitude to His Excellency, the President, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the People of The Gambia for the support given as The Gambia is the only country that gave such a relief package to its citizens affected by the fire. He therefore urged families to remain strong adding that the tragedy was ordained by Allah (SWT).

Ambassador Yabou recalled the prompt engagement of the late Ambassador Dawda D. Fadera when the tragedy happened and how the team and the Foreign Minister, His Excellency Dr. Mamadou Tangara discussed the issue of the humanitarian gesture and came to a consensus that support should be given to the victims.

He called on the community to inculcate a high sense of discipline in their children and send them to school. This, he added, would further increase the value and recognition of the community in the US. He also informed the gathering that The Gambia Government is appreciative of support given by Gambians in the United States as well as other nationals. 

The Honorary Consul-Designate, Mr. Ebou Cham, commended the entire Gambian community for the cordial working relations he had with them since the incident broke out. He used the opportunity to pray for the victims by wishing them peace and unity as a community. 

Mr. Sheikh Musa Drammeh, a community leader, who spoke on behalf of the community said it is not the amount given but it is the gesture that matters and that meant a lot to them. He thanked the staff of the Mission in New York and the Embassy in DC for the collaboration and support since the incident happened. The support, Mr. Drammeh said, was overwhelming and therefore expressed profound gratitude and assured that as a community they would continue to support and defend the Government and its officials. He observed that it is consoling to know that the Government is sensitive to their pain.  He expressed the community’s displeasure over what he referred to as lack of enough support and sensitivity from the US authorities. Mr. Drammeh concluded by calling for urgent steps to be taken by their community elected authorities to address the challenges facing them as a community.

A number of family representatives took the floor to commend and pray for the Mission and Embassy Staff as well as the Government and people of The Gambia while expressing their sincere appreciation for the donation. They asked the Ambassador to convey their sincere appreciation to His Excellency, the President and his Government.

Categorie: Gambia

Gov’t distributes US$100,000 amongst Bronx fire victims

The Point - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 1:07pm

Press release

Washington DC, 19 May, 2022: The Embassy of The Gambia to the United States of America and the Permanent Mission of The Gambia to the United Nations in New York inform the general public that it has distributed The Gambia Government allocated funds of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) amongst Gambians involved in the Bronx fire disaster that took place on 9 January, 2022. The fire claimed seventeen lives. Fifteen of the deceased were Gambians.

The Mission and the Embassy, in concert with the Gambian community leaders, designed a distribution formula which allocated Two Thousand Dollars ($2000.00) to each deceased person. With this, altogether the representatives of the Fifteen (15) dead persons received Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000.00), whilst the remaining Seventy Thousand Dollars ($70,000.00) was shared amongst the rest of surviving victims through their family or household representatives. A total of 103 survivors received $679.61 each amounting to $70,000.00.  

In his welcoming remarks, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Gambia to the United Nations in New York, H.E. Lang Yabou, warmly welcomed victims’ families to the Mission and thanked them on behalf of H.E. the President for coming to receive what he described as a gesture of solidarity from the Government of The Gambia. He said the circumstance that led to the meeting is indeed an undesired one, noting that worldly ephemeral material cannot be equated to human life because it is sacrosanct. He used the opportunity to pray for Allah’s mercy on the departed souls.  

Ambassador Yabou explained that previous meetings and consultations with families of victims were all geared towards ensuring that no member of victims’ families is left behind. He said accountability is an integral part of good governance thus the need to ensure that every victim gets their fair share of the funds. He informed the gathering that as government representatives, accountability and transparency are key to their work.

Ambassador Yabou recognised great efforts made by the staff of the Permanent Mission as well as the collaboration and support given by The Gambia Embassy in Washington, D.C, the 2 Mosques, Gambia Youth Organisation and Elders in generating an all-inclusive data concerning the victims and families. He reiterated that the involvement and presence of the Embassy in Washington, D.C. is important as the welfare of every Gambian in the United States falls squarely under the Embassy.

The Ambassador used the opportunity to hail the unity and solidarity among members of the Gambian community, especially, when the unfortunate incident happened. He said the incident has further strengthened bonds of solidarity adding that each and every member of the community rendered support to victims in one way or the other. Ambassador Yabou returned gratitude to His Excellency, the President, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the People of The Gambia for the support given as The Gambia is the only country that gave such a relief package to its citizens affected by the fire. He therefore urged families to remain strong adding that the tragedy was ordained by Allah (SWT).

Ambassador Yabou recalled the prompt engagement of the late Ambassador Dawda D. Fadera when the tragedy happened and how the team and the Foreign Minister, His Excellency Dr. Mamadou Tangara discussed the issue of the humanitarian gesture and came to a consensus that support should be given to the victims.

He called on the community to inculcate a high sense of discipline in their children and send them to school. This, he added, would further increase the value and recognition of the community in the US. He also informed the gathering that The Gambia Government is appreciative of support given by Gambians in the United States as well as other nationals. 

The Honorary Consul-Designate, Mr. Ebou Cham, commended the entire Gambian community for the cordial working relations he had with them since the incident broke out. He used the opportunity to pray for the victims by wishing them peace and unity as a community. 

Mr. Sheikh Musa Drammeh, a community leader, who spoke on behalf of the community said it is not the amount given but it is the gesture that matters and that meant a lot to them. He thanked the staff of the Mission in New York and the Embassy in DC for the collaboration and support since the incident happened. The support, Mr. Drammeh said, was overwhelming and therefore expressed profound gratitude and assured that as a community they would continue to support and defend the Government and its officials. He observed that it is consoling to know that the Government is sensitive to their pain.  He expressed the community’s displeasure over what he referred to as lack of enough support and sensitivity from the US authorities. Mr. Drammeh concluded by calling for urgent steps to be taken by their community elected authorities to address the challenges facing them as a community.

A number of family representatives took the floor to commend and pray for the Mission and Embassy Staff as well as the Government and people of The Gambia while expressing their sincere appreciation for the donation. They asked the Ambassador to convey their sincere appreciation to His Excellency, the President and his Government.

Categorie: Gambia

Gov't, WB sign $20M budget support agreement

The Point - Gambia - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 1:05pm

The World Bank Country Director for the Gambia, Senegal, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania, Nathan M. Belete stated that the support was the bank’s commitment to responding to the needs of the poor and vulnerable in The Gambia.

"This budget operation of $20 million is a testament of the World Bank’s endorsement of the efforts of the government to try and strengthen its institutions, microeconomics performance and also to confirm its commitment to responding to the needs of the poor and vulnerable in The Gambia," he said.

The World Bank provides financial and technical support to developing countries with the overarching aim of ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity; ensuring everyone has access to essential services regardless of ability to pay is a critical part of this drive. 

The budget support projects throughout the COVID-19 global health emergency contain significant policy conditionality. On average, each budget support programme requires the recipient government to implement 8 policy reforms to secure funding.

Categorie: Gambia

Gov't, WB sign $20M budget support agreement

The Point - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 1:05pm

The World Bank Country Director for the Gambia, Senegal, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania, Nathan M. Belete stated that the support was the bank’s commitment to responding to the needs of the poor and vulnerable in The Gambia.

"This budget operation of $20 million is a testament of the World Bank’s endorsement of the efforts of the government to try and strengthen its institutions, microeconomics performance and also to confirm its commitment to responding to the needs of the poor and vulnerable in The Gambia," he said.

The World Bank provides financial and technical support to developing countries with the overarching aim of ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity; ensuring everyone has access to essential services regardless of ability to pay is a critical part of this drive. 

The budget support projects throughout the COVID-19 global health emergency contain significant policy conditionality. On average, each budget support programme requires the recipient government to implement 8 policy reforms to secure funding.

Categorie: Gambia

GRTS installs new TV transmitter at Abuko

The Point - Gambia - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 1:01pm

Press release

The Management of the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) wishes to inform its audience and the general public that it is putting into service new a transmitter at its Abuko station on Saturday.  In this connection, the Television frequency from Abuko will change from 223.25 MHZ to  233.25 MHZ

For our viewers, Management wishes to inform them that GRTS television will continue to be available on its satellite platform using Eutelsat Satellite E16A.  The parameters of this satellite remain the same.

Viewers without a satellite dish will still be able to watch GRTS using the normal outdoor/indoor antennas.

Categorie: Gambia

GRTS installs new TV transmitter at Abuko

The Point - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 1:01pm

Press release

The Management of the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) wishes to inform its audience and the general public that it is putting into service new a transmitter at its Abuko station on Saturday.  In this connection, the Television frequency from Abuko will change from 223.25 MHZ to  233.25 MHZ

For our viewers, Management wishes to inform them that GRTS television will continue to be available on its satellite platform using Eutelsat Satellite E16A.  The parameters of this satellite remain the same.

Viewers without a satellite dish will still be able to watch GRTS using the normal outdoor/indoor antennas.

Categorie: Gambia

Six wounded as Senegalese Forces reportedly fire drone in Gambia

The Point - Gambia - Mer, 18/05/2022 - 1:16pm

The victims at the time of gathering the report had been hospitalised at the Bwiam General Hospital receiving medical attention.

Almameh Gibba, the National Assembly member for Foni Kansala confirmed the development to The Point.

“All the six individuals are from Jikin village and they are currently been transported to Ndemban Clinic. We understand that the boys went to the bush to fetch firewood and then Senegalese Forces reportedly fire drone shot which resulted to their injuries." 

“I have call my follow National Assembly members in the entire Foni districts and we are going to the hospital to assert what went wrong.

The spokesperson of The Gambia Armed Forces couldn't be reach for comments at the time of going to press

Categorie: Gambia

Six wounded as Senegalese Forces reportedly fire drone in Gambia

The Point - Mer, 18/05/2022 - 1:16pm

The victims at the time of gathering the report had been hospitalised at the Bwiam General Hospital receiving medical attention.

Almameh Gibba, the National Assembly member for Foni Kansala confirmed the development to The Point.

“All the six individuals are from Jikin village and they are currently been transported to Ndemban Clinic. We understand that the boys went to the bush to fetch firewood and then Senegalese Forces reportedly fire drone shot which resulted to their injuries." 

“I have call my follow National Assembly members in the entire Foni districts and we are going to the hospital to assert what went wrong.

The spokesperson of The Gambia Armed Forces couldn't be reach for comments at the time of going to press

Categorie: Gambia

GP depot supervisor testifies in multi-million dollar economic crime trial

The Point - Gambia - Mer, 18/05/2022 - 1:14pm

Lamin Touray is the second prosecution witness in the economic crime involving two Gam Petroleum former officials namely: Saihou Drammeh and Lamin Gassama, former managing director and operations manager at Gam-Petroleum respectively.

When the case was called on Monday, MD Mballow announced appearing for the state, while lawyer Christopher Emmanuel Mene and a team of lawyers appeared for the accused persons.

Continuing his testimony, Touray informed the court that the OMCs dealing with Gam Petroleum include, Atlas, Jah Oil, Petro Gas and GNPC, while international traders include Trafigura, ADAX, and PSTV.

At that juncture, he was asked about the relationship between Gam Petroleum and the international traders, but the witness responded that GP has a storage agreement with international traders but that agreement is beyond his control.

According to him, GP is the one responsible for discharging the vessels or tankers of products such as Gasoline, Gas Oil, Kerosine Fuel oil and other Liquefied Petroleum Gas.

Touray further told the court that the company is formally notified of the coming of vessels and nomination quantity of the products that GP is supposed to receive and that message is filtered down to the supervisors by GP and a ship-shore checklist will be prepared.

He indicated that the first page of that checklist would contain the quantities of the product that needs to be discharged and the name of the traders would be captured in that checklist which will be handed over to the loading master.

He also informed the court that when vessels arrive, the marine team will be sent on board including the post connection team; the mooring team; the loading master and the cargo surveyor and upon arrival on board, the connection team would proceed to the connection area together with the crew of the vessel.

After the above-mentioned process, he testified that the loading master and the cargo surveyor would proceed to the cargo control room where they will meet up with the chief officer of the vessel and conduct a meeting during which a checklist will be taken for confirmation and discharging plan will also be discussed in that said meeting.

He explained that after the meeting, a cargo document will also be requested and checklist will be signed by both loading masters and chief officer and they would agree on the quantity to be received.

Categorie: Gambia

GP depot supervisor testifies in multi-million dollar economic crime trial

The Point - Mer, 18/05/2022 - 1:14pm

Lamin Touray is the second prosecution witness in the economic crime involving two Gam Petroleum former officials namely: Saihou Drammeh and Lamin Gassama, former managing director and operations manager at Gam-Petroleum respectively.

When the case was called on Monday, MD Mballow announced appearing for the state, while lawyer Christopher Emmanuel Mene and a team of lawyers appeared for the accused persons.

Continuing his testimony, Touray informed the court that the OMCs dealing with Gam Petroleum include, Atlas, Jah Oil, Petro Gas and GNPC, while international traders include Trafigura, ADAX, and PSTV.

At that juncture, he was asked about the relationship between Gam Petroleum and the international traders, but the witness responded that GP has a storage agreement with international traders but that agreement is beyond his control.

According to him, GP is the one responsible for discharging the vessels or tankers of products such as Gasoline, Gas Oil, Kerosine Fuel oil and other Liquefied Petroleum Gas.

Touray further told the court that the company is formally notified of the coming of vessels and nomination quantity of the products that GP is supposed to receive and that message is filtered down to the supervisors by GP and a ship-shore checklist will be prepared.

He indicated that the first page of that checklist would contain the quantities of the product that needs to be discharged and the name of the traders would be captured in that checklist which will be handed over to the loading master.

He also informed the court that when vessels arrive, the marine team will be sent on board including the post connection team; the mooring team; the loading master and the cargo surveyor and upon arrival on board, the connection team would proceed to the connection area together with the crew of the vessel.

After the above-mentioned process, he testified that the loading master and the cargo surveyor would proceed to the cargo control room where they will meet up with the chief officer of the vessel and conduct a meeting during which a checklist will be taken for confirmation and discharging plan will also be discussed in that said meeting.

He explained that after the meeting, a cargo document will also be requested and checklist will be signed by both loading masters and chief officer and they would agree on the quantity to be received.

Categorie: Gambia