Author: Edward Dalliah

Edward Francis Dalliah is a reporter working for Gainako Online News with keen interest in Rule of Law, Human Rights, Security and Sports. Edward has been working with Gainako since the beginning of 2023 and is currently enrolled in his first year at the prestigious Media Academy for Journalism and Communications (MAJaC).

By Edward Francis Dalliah The Lunatics Detention Act currently being used in The Gambia is over 100 years old and dates back to the colonial era. Back in 2003, the African Union Commission recommended that The Gambia replace the Lunatics Detention Act with another legislation in keeping with the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (African Charter) and international standards. The Gambia started using the Act under British Colonial rule after it was enacted in 1917 and was later amended in 1964 before independence. Two decades after the AU Commission’s recommendation it can be seen that in its current…

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By Edward Francis Dalliah The leader of the Gambia’s Christian Council and the Bishop of the Methodist Church urged Gambians to embrace tolerance, neighbourliness and unity in the country. Speaking from the Wesley Cathedral in Banjul in front of members of the press on 22nd December 2023, the Most Revd Bannie E. F. Manga preached that “religion must be premised on love for oneself and neighbour” adding that “it cannot thrive in confusion and hatred”. The Gambia which is also referred to as the smiling coast of Africa has two main religions, Islam which is the majority, and Christianity the…

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By Edward Francis Dalliah Most Revd Bannie E. F. Manga, the presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church in the Gambia and Chairperson of the Gambia Christian Council delivered his Christmas and New Year’s message yesterday 22nd December 2023 urging Gambians to declare 2024 “as a year of responsible living”. The leader of the Christian faith and Methodist Church noted that he is not stating that “we have not been responsible”, however, “we could be more responsible”. Speaking about 2023, he revealed that “the year has been characterized with many eventful, beautiful and some challenging stories. And that “all of these…

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By Edward Francis Dalliah Two Gambian internationals became the first to score a goal in the UEFA Champions League, considered Europe’s elite club championship competition. Ebrima Colley who plays for Young Boys opened The Gambia’s account in the 53rd minute making him the first Gambian to register a goal in the Champions League. Moments after his goal, Yankuba Minteh the 19-year-old wonderkid of Feyenoord became the second Gambian to score in the tournament. Although both players scored for their teams they couldn’t celebrate a victory as both of their teams lost on Wednesday 13th December 2023. In addition that was…

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By Edward Francis Dalliah The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance in The Gambia (DCAF), launched the security sector reform project titled “Gambia Security Sector Reform (SSR) Process for Improved Security, Migration and Border Management” on 22nd November 2023. The project is considered cross-cutting because it supports both the Gambia Immigration Department, the Gambia Police Force, and Civil Society activities relating to SSR. Speaking at the launch, DCAF Communications Officer, Mr David Kujabi revealed that they have completed a project centred on “strengthening the efficiency and accountability of the Gambia Police Force” funded by the EU. Kujabi added that the…

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By Edward Francis Dalliah The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) held a press briefing on 24th October 2023 at their main office at Westfield to dispel public misconceptions surrounding the upgrades of their NAWEC Cash Power meters. Speaking at the press conference, the Managing Director of NAWEC, Mr Nani Jawara revealed that “over 90% of [NAWEC’s] customers are all on pre-payment meters” which he says is a common practice globally “meant to help utilities secure their revenue”. He revealed that NAWEC has over 290,000 Cash Power meters that need to be upgraded. According to Mr Jawara all countries that…

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By Edward Francis Dalliah The Girls for the Future Foundation (GFTF) under the leadership of its founder and President Ms Priscilla H.D Dunn commenced a two-day Rural-Urban Girls’ summit at Metzy Residence Hotel on 20th October 2023. The summit was convened under the theme “Bridging the gap for tomorrow’s women”. In her opening remarks, President Ms Dunn welcomed delegates to the summit and highlighted that “young girls across all the six regions of the Gambia” had convened to discuss common challenges and possible solutions to address them. The organisation aims to interrogate some of the societal challenges which make it…

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By Edward Francis Dalliah The Gambia Press Union (GPU) an umbrella body for the Gambian media announced its plans to host the National Journalism Award 2023 during a press conference held on Friday 6th October 2023 by its Awards Committee at their office in Bakau. During her opening statement, the President of the Women Journalist Association of the Gambia, Annette Camara, who is a member of the 2023 Awards Committee highlighted that the objective of the award is to celebrate “Gambian journalists and excellence in the media”. In addition, she noted that the award focuses “on empowering Gambian journalists to…

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By Edward Francis Dalliah Two Gambians have been appointed to two of the African Union’s (AU) Advisory Groups on Disaster Risk Reduction. The two Gambians appointed are Modou Lamin Sowe commonly known as Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe and Almami Dampha back in August 2023. Both of them have been appointed for a period of two years. Climate change, waste management and air pollution are major problems affecting the African Continent which threatens the welfare of Africans across the continent exposed to these risks. According to Accelerating Impact of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa the continent “is the — most impacted…

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By Edward Francis Dalliah After huge anticipation for the Gambia’s rising Under-20 star Adama “Hurricane” Bojang’s transfer to a European Football club, he finally signed a five-year contract with French League 1 side Stade de Reims. The former Steve Biko stiker inked his signature on 4th July 2023 at Cocoa Ocean in The Gambia. Agent, Cherno Samba and Officals from Steve Biko graced the occasion as one of the country’s most promising stars concluded one of the most talked about transfer sagas in recent memory. Days after signing the agreement, the Hurricane flew to France to complete his medical and…

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