A source, who is a victim of this latest deportation and spoke anonymously to The Point, revealed that the German authorities informed them that the government of The Gambia signed their deportation agreement without compromise.
The Gambia government has long been denying signing any deportation agreement with any European country since 2017. However, the latest deportees are pointing fingers at the government complicity for their return to The Gambia.
“Twenty of us were caught, cuffed and deported to the country. However, we did all we could but we are finally home with empty hands. Some of the boys insisted not to come, some even cut themselves with blades just to create chances of staying in Germany but nothing materialised,” our source further revealed.
The deportees arrived at the Banjul International Airport late in the night and welcomed by the officials of the IOM’s Operations, Medical and Health and Re-integration units.
The anonymous source further confirmed to The Point that the officials of the IOM had given each of the deportees a staggering D2500 as housing allowance and transportation fees to their various destinations across the country.
“That money cannot add anything to our lives. With all our efforts to reach Germany, our own government has frustrated it. I wonder where we can get a job now because the government is not ready to provide any for the people,” he added.
Another source also confirmed that the EU representative in The Gambia and the Chargè d' affaires of the German Embassy in The Gambia were present at the airport to welcome the deportees.
The minister with tourism officials is currently on a nationwide tour to visit tourism and heritage facilities to assist their state of preparedness ahead of the much anticipated tourist season.
He also urged them to consult with tourism authorities for advice and guidance, adding that GTHI is ready to offer free training to all staff of lodges, camps and guesthouses in its quest to maintain standards across the country.
“Let me make it very clear to all of you that Rafela Gambia chapter has nothing to do with politics and it’s a non-political platform. However, we will support and encourage women who want to venture in to politics and those that are in the business sector. Our desires are to ensure that issues affecting Gambian women become the thing of past,” she said.
The BCC mayoress who also doubles as the President of Rafela International Gambian Chapter was speaking over the weekend in Brikama during a convergence organised by the platform and attended by thousands of women within the West Coast Region.
The platform, she added, is here to complement the efforts of Gambian women by supporting their socio-economic activities and in ensuring that “no child is found on the streets. “The forum will avail us the opportunity to know some of the constraints that women in WCR and the country at large are facing so that it could be addressed. As women, we also need to unite, really behind each other, celebrate each other and support each other in times of difficulties among others," she stressed, while commending UNDP for the support.
“In most of the gatherings and forums women are always clapping and dancing. However, the trends must and it must change now. We need to stand firmly and challenge our men with a view to take up leadership position. Don’t be afraid of the stereotypes or cyber-bullying or any forms of tactics meant to stop you from contesting. The time is up for us to take the mantle of leadership in the country, she added, nothing that such kind of forum will go a long way towards empowering women to take leadership position in the country.
“I have seen what Rafela does in other beneficiary countries; hence that’s why I made sure that we also get the chapter in the country because Rafela is the solution to the problem affecting Gambian women. I want you to inform your respective party executive members that as women, you also need to be part of your respective parties executives.”
Most of Gambian women, she further added, are into vegetable gardening, claiming that they are facing so many challenges in terms of storage facilities and marketing. She made it clear that the monies that the platforms secure are entirely funded by the EU.
“We want to support and empower women in the country so that they can enter into the political arena. We want to have women representatives so that they can represent us and push on policies that are geared towards empowering Gambian women.”
Sukai Sanyang, executive member of Rafela called on Gambian women to join the platform, claiming that there are lots of opportunities in Rafela that women can get. She added that it was because of Rafela that she was able to go to Japan.
“We want to make sure that women also participate in decision making process in the country.”
Hon. Lamin Sanneh of Brikama North, dwelled on the importance of the forum, saying it is about national development and also bridging the gap between men and women. He challenged women of the country to enroll their children in schools.
Musukebba Jarju and Hon. Ndey Njie both urged Gambian women to join the platform in order to grab the opportunities that Rafela offers.
The latest development took the cases ever recorded in the country since March to 3, 726.
The ministry of health reported that, 4 of the newly confirmed COVID-19 positive cases absconded to Senegal before being moved to the treatment centers.
The country also registered 1 new COVID-related death, taking the number to 123.
Seventeen COVID-19 patients are in treatment or self-isolation (active cases) while 1 COVID-19 patient was discharged from treatment.
There is no person in quarantine.
Meanwhile, the Senegalese Ministry of Health yesterday reported 17 new positive cases, bringing its total cases to 15, 882. The country has, however, recorded 15, 488 recoveries and 330 deaths.
The world has registered 55.6million cases with 1.34 million deaths.
Banjul, 19th November 2020: The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mamadou Tangara, on Thursday evening met the newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Senegal, Aissatou Tall Sall, in her office in Dakar.
Dr. Tangara paid the courtesy call to congratulate Foreign Minister Aissatou Tall Sall on her appointment and assured her of The Gambia Government’s collaboration and support in strengthening the cordial bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries to greater heights. He expressed strong conviction that Foreign Minister Tall Sall would deliver beyond expectation despite the daunting nature of the work of the ministerial position.
Foreign Minister Tangara used the opportunity to remind his counterpart that the special friendly brotherhood between the two Heads of State should serve as an impetus for greater unity with a view to working together to register positive impact on the daily lives of people in both countries.
For her part, Foreign Minister Aissatou Tall Sall commended the Foreign Minister for the felicitation and expressed her resolve to achieve results by working closely in strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
In another development, Foreign Minister Tangara on Thursday evening attended Oman’s National Day celebration organised by its Embassy in Dakar overseeing The Gambia. Oman’s National Day falls on 18th November.
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The Commission, upon the receipt of this information by Major Camara, initiated a quick internal investigation into the matter since it also has a Mr. Sowe as one of its employees. We have found out that the Mr. Sowe who works for the Commission joined the Gambia Police Force in 2012 and thus could not be the same Sowe who was part of the panel that interviewed Major Camara.
The Commission wishes to assure the public that it does thorough background check and investigation before it employs any person, including their integrity and respect for human rights. The Commission has a mandate to promote and protect human rights in The Gambia and shall ensure at all time that its employees, whether on long or short term basis, interns and volunteers have unblemished human rights record before any contract with them is signed.
Minister Bah made this statement on Thursday during an interview with journalists at Kairaba Jawara Hotel in Barra as part of his nationwide visit to all tourism and cultural facilities across the country. The objective of the tour is to assess the state of progress and standards in all tourism and cultural establishments and facilities to help carve out a strategy for the development of tourism and culture, most especially upcountry.
“As you are aware, the Kunta Kinteh area used to be James Island and is a UNESCO heritage site, which is preserved for posterity all over the world to promote domestic and regional tourism, and we believe that North Bank is key,” he added.
The infrastructural development that is ongoing here will certainly attract a lot of tourists and create a lot of jobs,” he said, adding that his ministry is going to intensify the training programme for the youths of the area.
As a result of our interest as a government in promoting domestic and regional tourism, we have also posted managers in all the divisional offices and these officers will now base on permanently in the development and the promotion of tourism within the regions.
Speaking at the ceremony held at the Embassy of Japan in Senegal, Foreign Minister Dr. Tangara thanked the Government of Japan and described the gesture as thoughtful and kind. He said the food assistance is crucial and means a lot to the country’s post Covid – 19 reconstructions and would address key priorities in the National Development Plan (NDP).
Foreign Minister Tangara assured the Japanese side that proceeds generated from the food assistance would be earmarked for intervention in great projects that directly address challenges such as health, education and other social services central to the NDP of the Government.
Foreign Minister Tangara added: “I am pleased to recall your country's participation in the realisation of projects and programmes in the most important sectors of our development, notably in the areas education and vocational training, agriculture, fisheries, health and water management, as this is evident with the recent signing here of the Project for Rural Water Supply Phase IV worth about 770 million Gambian Dalasi.”
This, the Foreign Minister added shows generosity and genuine solidarity which are defining characteristics of the Japanese people. Minister Tangara said the Government of The Gambia, under the leadership of His Excellency Adama Barrow, recognises with appreciation, Japanese government’s enormous contributions towards the strengthening of bonds of solidarity, friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
For his part, the Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency ARAI Tatsuo, said the Government and people of Japan are pleased to make the gesture to The Gambia. Ambassador Arai said the project consists of purchasing rice to help cover the local food demand.
He adds that quality and sufficient food for all are important for health, social and economic especially in the context of COVID 19. Health, he disclosed, is one of the pillars his Government supports - “Africa Health and wellbeing Initiative” and the “Initiative for food and Nutrition Security in Africa (IFNA). In his conclusion, Ambassador ARAI said food security is essential to the improvement of public health and human security.
On the heels of the signing ceremony, Foreign Minister Tangara and Ambassador ARAI also held talks aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
The Japanese Embassy points out that the grant represents the contribution of the Government of Japan to the efforts made by the Gambian Government in this regard. The counterpart Funds generated by the Food Assistance will take charge of the funding of more projects in other key sectors to amplify the momentum.