Author: Gainako

World Bank issued a press release yesterday announcing that it would fund the Gambia’s Budget Deficit with a US$20 Million Grant. Grants are funds allocated to the Gambia on conditions which don’t include repayments or interest. The US$20 Million is equivalent to over D1.2 Billion at the current rate of D60 per US$1. The Gambia’s Deficit for the 2023 Budget currently stands at D3.9 Billion. This means that the Government has to find an alternative source of funding to finance the remaining D2.7 Billion needed to fund all its programs and activities next year. Below is the press release from the…

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By Patience Loum Victims and survivors of the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) which investigated the 22-year-long regime of former President Yahya Jammeh are demanding justice and calling for the quick implementation of the Victims Reparations Bill. These conversations and others were raised at a day workshop organized by the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Women’s Association for Victims’ Empowerment (WAVE) at the Kairaba Beach Hotel on 25th November 2022. Victims Reparations Bill Following the implementation of the TRRC, the government of the Gambia allocated D50 Million to the Victim’s Reparations Fund which was utilised to…

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By Modou Sinyan An evangelist Gospel singer, Humis Sambou, is set to stage a multidimensional musical concert on 5th January 2023 at the Pencha Mi Hall. Speaking to Ms Sambou she told our medium that the “Mbalax Concert” will serve as a fundraiser to support the pitiable condition of health services in some remote parts of the country which they encountered when travelling for evangelism. Hence the drive to bring forth a musical project named “Safe to Sleep”. During her evangelism tour, Humis explains that alongside her Belgian counterpart, Apostle William, they shared some mosquito bed nets after their programs…

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By Patience Loum Gambian Rapper Attack has dominated the 2022 Wah Sah Halat Music Awards (WMA) which took place on Saturday 26th November 2022, taking home Four Awards as last year’s winner decided to snub the Awards. The two rappers are currently engaged in a Beef (fierce competition) over who is the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) in Gambian Hip Hop. ST released a statement on his Facebook Page explaining that he will not be taking part in the WMA 2022 Awards “due to the Police incident that followed the last awards on allegations of a fan’s conduct which ST…

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By Arret Jatta and Yusef Taylor Hon Fatoumata Njai the National Assembly Member for Banjul South expressed her dissatisfaction with the 2023 Executive Budget proposing Salary and Allowance increments for Parliamentarians and more Presidential Advisors. Much to the disapproval of Hon Gibbi Mballow of Lower Fulladu West. According to the Parliamentarian who won her second term under an independent ticket, “the government does not love this country, they do not have the feeling to nurture our children in this country, Honorable speaker, D6 Billion dalasi in salaries alone not including the administrative costs that is not reasonable”. Our research has…

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By Binta S Jawo Every year Health Practitioners recognise World Antimicrobial to raise awareness of global Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) with this year running from 18th to 24th November 2022. In furtherance of this cause, the Ministry of Health organised an awareness forum spearheaded by the Directorate of Pharmaceutical Services at the Ministry of Health. The event was funded by World Health Organization. The theme for this year’s commemoration is “preventing antimicrobial resistance together”. Delivering his welcoming remarks, the AMR National Focal Person, Dr Babanding Sabally stated that World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is a global campaign that is celebrated annually…

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By Arret Jatta Hussain Dada one of Gambia’s finest rappers also known as Bad Boy Dada will be launching his second Album “The Chosen One” on Saturday 3rd December 2022. Hussain Ceesay popularly known by his stage name Hussain Dada is a Gambian artist who started rapping in 2016 when he released his first song titled Burger ft Mass Murder. His first hit song was Rudeboy a diss track released in 2018, this song put him on the radar of most Gambian music enthusiasts. Ever since he has consistently released chart-topping tracks in the Gambian music industry, dominating the airwaves and…

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By Patience Loum The Independent Electoral Commission of the Gambia (IEC) has released its scheduled activities for the upcoming local government elections (Councillorship, Mayoral and Chairpersons’ Elections). In a meeting addressing stakeholders, party members, and civil society organizations at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara Conference Center on 9th November 2022, the IEC announced a new registered political party called People’s Alliance Party (PAP) after meeting all the said requirements for registration as a political party under section 105 of the Elections Act 2009 with Tabora Manneh as party leader. Altogether, the IEC has registered so far a total of 19…

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COVID-19 on the Energy Sector: ERERA Chairman Says Oil Increment Affects Costs of Energy Supply for Electricity Companies By Patience Loum The Chairperson of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Forum (ERERA) Mr Laurent Kocou Rodrigue Tossou has highlighted the impact of rising oil prices creating an increase in the costs of energy supplies for ECOWAS states and production costs of electricity companies. “We are faced with rising commodity supply costs and inflation, which affects the competitiveness and growth of our economies.  We are also facing strong growth in energy demand with infrastructure and supply that do not always meet the…

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By Arret Jatta Paradise Foundation Initiative formerly Paradise Foundation in Partnership with the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare supported by UNFPA, hosts and operates the Gender-Based Violence Helpline ‘1313’ for SGBV victims to contact for quick action. The launching of the helpline number 1313 took place at the Pancha Mi Hall, Senegambia on 17th November 2022. Ms Aisha Baldeh, the founder of Paradise Foundation Initiative Highlighted that they have been planning the campaign to popularize the helpline 1313 which is the first gender base violence helpline in The Gambia. She also noted that it is something new in…

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