Author: Gainako

A press release issued today by the United States Embassy in the Gambia has noted that the United States Department of Agriculture has awarded the Gambia $28.5 million which is equivalent to D1.482 Billion at a rate of D52 to $1. The award which is part of the McGovern-Dole Program aims “to reduce hunger and improve literacy and primary education, especially for girls”. Below is the press release from the US Embassy in the Gambia. By United States Embassy in the Gambia UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AWARDS $28.5 MILLION TO THE GAMBIA The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)…

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By Edrissa Jallow The Gambia’s former Majority Leader called for the resignation of the Minister for Youth and Sports after his wife was reported to have been paid per diem of £2,800 (approx D170k) for a fourteen-day trip to the United Kingdom and Turkey from July to August 2022. Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon Bakary Badjie was also paid per diem of £4,200 for attending the Commonwealth and All Islamic Games. Hon Kebba K Barrow called for the Youth Minister’s resignation on Monday 19th September 2022 during Parliament’s debate on President Adama Barrow’s 2022 State of the Nation Address.…

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The Gambia’s Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations (Victims Center) published a statement condemning the member for Foni Kansala Hon Almami Gibba for his “repugnant comments” during an engagement organised by the National Human Rights Commission and Women in Liberation and Leadership. The letter addressed to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon Fabakary Tombong Jatta is co-signed by an additional six Civil Society Organisations. The letter is also copied to 11 institutions including Parliamentarians, the Vice President, Leaders of all Political Parties and International Organisations to name a few. Below is the statement issued by the Victims Center.…

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By Edrissa Jallow The Solicitor General and Legal Secretary of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Hussein Thomasi presented a statement on behalf of the Ministry of Justice, Hon Dawda Jallow on Friday 16th September 2022 informing Lawmakers, Victims and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that the One Hundred and Fifty Million Dalasi (D150, 000,000) promised to victims last year should be released by end of December 2022. The Legal Secretary made this statement during the formal opening of the three-day induction of Parliamentarians initiated by the NHRC and Women in Liberation and Leadership (WILL), focusing on the implementation of…

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Issued by the Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations on 15th September 2022 The Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations has learnt with utter disappointment on the memo issued by the state broadcaster GRTS’ Director on the 12th of September, 2022 on instruction to stop coverage of industrial actions of organizations thereby suppressing their legitimate grievances. GRTS’ memo is a threat to human rights, democracy and good governance. GRTS is a public institution that is obliged to amplify the voices of fall Gambians and every citizen is entitled to be heard. Industrial action is lawful, and…

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Fajara, September 16, 2022: The Gambia Press Union is concerned by the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS)’s act of censorship in an editorial policy update which seeks to ignore voices of people and organisations calling for better working conditions. The memo, signed by the Director General of GRTS, Malick Jeng, and dated 12th September 2022, orders all staff of the News and Current Affairs Department to cease providing a platform to all organisers of industrial action in all sectors. “It is not our calling as a national broadcaster to promote any action that can destabilise the nation or put…

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By Alieu Ceesay Kansala Football Club defeated Fajara Barracks FC, 5-4 in penalties to win the Bakau Super Cup after a 90 minutes match. It took less than a quarter of an hour for Yusupha Jammeh of Kansala FC to register the first goal of the match forcing a response from Sainey Tamba of Fajara Barracks FC who levelled the scores 1 all with 29 minutes on the clock. Kansala Football club qualified after winning the league and knockout cup in 2019 while Fajara Barack FC qualified through second place finish in the same year. In a kickoff which took…

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By Edrissa Jallow The Director General of the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS), Mr Malick Jeng told Gambian Parliamentarians of the Public Enterprise Committee (PEC) that his institution’s 2020 Activity and Financial report were not ready for submission due to their busy schedule with Elections coverage. Speaking to Parliamentarians on Tuesday 5th July 2022, GRTS DG, Mr Jeng made this revelation much to the disappointment of National Assembly Member members who ordered the DG not to repeat the no-show again. When questioned why his Institution was not prepared to submit its Reports and deliver a presentation to Parliamentarians DG…

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By Edrissa Jallow Two Gambian Parliamentarians have condemned the Government’s decision to demolish houses in Jabang believed to be obstructing waterways and causing flash floods during the rainy season. Speaking to Hon Yahya Menteng Sanyang of Latrikunda Sabiji he vowed that he would take all possible action with fellow parliamentarians to order Government “pay adequate and reasonable compensation to those affected”. Hon Abdoulie Njai of Banjul Central promised to join his colleague to hold the government accountable for what he called selective justice. It can be recalled that soon after flash floods affected the greater Banjul and Kombo Area in…

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This publication was first issued on the State House of the Gambia Facebook Page on 16th February 2019 on the Banjul project. It featured pictures of President Barrow and former Vice President Ousainou Darboe. The Minister of Works then was Bai Lamin Jobe who was represented by then Minister of Information Hon Ebrima Sillah. The latter has now taken over from Bai Lamin Jobe as the current Minister for Works. Below is the publication on the Banjul project. 16th February 2019, State House of the Gambia His Excellency, President Adama Barrow has reiterated his government’s commitment to transforming the Capital…

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