Author: Yusef Taylor

Yusef Taylor, commonly known as Flex Dan is an editor and practising journalist based in the Gambia with a keen interest in human rights, the economy and good governance among many others. He continues to break news on the economy, human rights violations and is highly engaged in security sector reforms, constitutional reform and the transition of the Gambia from dictatorship to a democracy, the NewGambia. Yusef has been working with Gainako as a media practitioner from 2015 to date. He has a degree in Civil Engineering with 5 years of Design Consultancy experience.

By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia’s Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Hon. Mambury Njie tabled the 2021 Draft Budget on  Thursday 12th November 2020 at the National Assembly with a record high Budget Deficit exceeding D6.1 Billion Dalasis. The 2021 Draft Budget estimates that D13.7 Billion will be collected in Tax and Non-Revenues while D22.2 Billion has been appropriated to be spent by the various Government Ministries and Budget Entities. Speaking to National Assembly members, Hon. Mambury Njie stressed that “the central premise of the 2021 Budget is to build further better in an era of Covid 19 while…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT reporting from Niamina West President Adama Barrow’s National People’s Party (NPP) has claimed a landslide double victory in its first two elections for a vacant National Assembly seat in Niamina West and a vacant Councillor seat in Kerr Jarga Ward. This was after the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) and United Democratic Party (UDP) failed to defeat the NPP in its maiden elections. GDC Stronghold Falls to NPP Soon after casting his vote at Sambang Fula polling station, GDC’s Yerro Jallow told the media that “Niamina West is a GDC stronghold we’ve been winning all elections in…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT After months of waiting, finally, the people of Niamina West are set to reclaim their seat in the National Assembly. With just over a year to go for the 2021 Presidential elections, this election has been given extra importance as a warm-up to next year’s elections. If anything it represents the first opportunity for President Adama Barrow’s newly formed National People’s Party (NPP) to win an elected seat in the National Assembly. This article features first-hand observations of polling stations in Niamina West where people will choose if the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) will retain their…

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By Binta Jallow of ECO TV The Gambia Government spent D4 Billion in the first Quarter of 2020 rising up to D7.8 Billion in the second quarter of the same year. This video report highlights how the Government has spent taxpayers money from January to August 2020. The report features interviews with a member of the National Assembly’s Finance and Public Accounts Committee, Hon Alhagie Mbow, Gambia Participates Director, Marr Nyang, a survivor of the Coronavirus Pandemic and Opposition Party Leader for Gambia Action Party Musa Ousainou Yali Batchily. I visited the Ministries of Health and Finance, however, they declined…

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By Louise S A Alsan, @AlsanLouise This is a video report on the Gambia’s first ever Know Your Budget public sensitisation campaign run by Gambia Participates. Gambia Participates is a Civil Society Organisation focusing on Public Finance and Fiscal Transparency. This video focuses on their Know Your Budget Billboard Campaigns positioned at 6 different locations in the Greater Banjul Area and it features the Gambia Participates Program Manager and Volunteer likewise the citizens observing it. This video showcases innovative ways in which Civil Society and the Media can engage the public on Budget advocacy and sensitisation. Attempts were made to…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Since the new Barrow administration came into power in late 2016 the European Union has provided significant budget support to The Gambia. We sit down with outgoing EU Ambassador Atila Lajos to understand what strings are attached to Millions of Euros flowing into The Gambia’s treasury. Attempts were made to engage the Ministry of Finance to better understand how the Funds have been spent without success. The report features an interview with Hon Alhagie Mbow who believes the EU is a great partner who should “watch where they put their mouth and their feet”. We also…

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A group of Civil Society Organisations are set to collectively clean the cemeteries in Banjul and the Kanifing Municipal Council starting this Friday 23rd October 2020 and Saturday 24th October 2020. In The Gambia a number of cemeteries are shared between Muslims and Christians, making them an important socio-cultural landmark showcasing our interfaith values. Preserving this value of religious tolerance in an increasingly polarised world has compelled some well-meaning Gambians of different faiths to embark on the cleaning of cemeteries and a number of other interfaith activities to defuse the tension caused by the recent debates on Secularism. The group…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Five Nominees recently shortlisted in the Gambia Press Union (GPU) 2020 Awards have been disqualified from the annual National Journalism Awards. Three categories namely; Agriculture, Environment and Migration and Human Trafficking have seen nominees disqualified.  A press release sent to the media on Sunday 11th October indicated that “out of the 33 stories that made it at the preliminary nominations, three were found to have missed some key criteria and therefore disqualified”. However, after inspecting the list of final Nominees it can be seen that five Nominees have been disqualified from three different categories. After reviewing…

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The Gambia Press Union (GPU) has published a press release indicating that three out of the 33 nominated finalists have been disqualified. The presser did not include a definitive list of the 33 nominated finalists prompting me to contact the Awards Committee to request for it and enquire about the disqualified nominees. I was informed that a press conference would be held on Wednesday 14th October 2020, on the upcoming GPU Awards, where journalists can seek further clarifications.  The presser highlights that EyeAfrica TV have been awarded the contract to broadcast the awards after a tendering process. The awards ceremony…

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By Dawda Sarge With countless radio-friendly hits, MTV features, numerous nominations, outstanding awards, socio-conscious artivism, and a new Gambian/Nollywood produced movie-making rounds in various African countries just to name a few. Omid Wisdom releases a new thought-provoking single, ‘Gambiano Labaluwo’ or Gambian Lives Matter. It features 4 prominent Gambian stars. Og Log, Sparklyn Black, Hussein Dada and Bigg Faa. His music is available for streaming on all various streaming platforms accessible to Gambians by such as Youtube and Audiomack by simply searching Omid Wisdom. Gambiano La baluwo is the kind of food for thought music the people are craving for.…

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