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 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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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) staff commenced a sit-down strike since Thursday, 25th September 2020, demanding that their Managing Director (MD) Mr Adesina Adebesin, must step down or else they would not return to work. Since Thursday when the sit-down strike commenced customers have been struggling to access their money from the Bank. According to the Bank’s Spokesperson, the strike “has affected all branches across the country”. One customer from Farafenni told Gainako that he hasn’t been able to access money from the bank since Thursday. On Friday, 26th September 2020, I visited GTBank’s main branch at…

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Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) Staff have again threatened to stage a sit-down strike starting tomorrow, 24th September 2020, after Central Bank talks failed. A letter addressed to all staff indicates that “this time our Managing Director [Adesina Adebesin] should go, we do not have confidence in him leading us anymore”. The letter reveals that “both Board of Directors and the Managing Director do not have staff interest at heart but to continue exploiting the hardworking deserving staff for their own pockets.” Speaking to a source working at GTBank they explained that after the sit-down strike held on…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia’s National Assembly voted not to progress with the third reading of the Constitution Bill 2020 on 22nd September 2020. The Bill which seeks to install term limits and the 50+1 clause needed at least 42 National Assembly Members (NAMs) to vote yes to progress the Bill, however, only 31 NAMs voted for the Bill while 23 NAMs voted against the Bill. Since last week Monday, 14th September 2020, the National Assembly had been at loggerheads with the Media and Civil Society. First, the National Assembly blocked Gambian Media from entering the National Assembly chambers,…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The National Assembly Member (NAM) for Lower Nuimi, Hon Mahtarr M. Jeng stressed that Parliament confirming the appointment of Cabinet Ministers is a positive Constitutional provision which will enable Parliament to help the President. During his contribution on the Second Reading of the Constitution Bill 2020, the United Democratic Party (UDP) lawmaker was queried by two expelled UDP NAMs in Hon Billay Tunkara and Hon Alhagie Jawara. The parliamentarian revealed that the National Assembly’s recently revised standing order was cut and pasted from numerous countries. Context The Gambia’s National Assembly is currently debating the Constitution Bill…

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The Gambia Press Union (GPU) is set to hold a Press Conference tomorrow morning at their Secretariat in Fajara on the National Assembly’s decision to bar journalists from the National Assembly proceedings. Meanwhile earlier today the National Assembly doubled down on their decision to bar the media besides QTV, GRTS and EyeAfrica TV from the National Assembly chambers. Both statements are below. GPU Press Conference Tomorrow “UPDATE: GPU will host a press conference at the Secretariat tomorrow, September 16th 2020 at 10am. The Executive shall update the media and Gambians on the Union’s position regarding the National Assembly’s decision on…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Members of the media were stopped from accessing the National Assembly to cover the first reading of the Constitution Bill, 2020. Besides three media houses namely; QTV, GRTS and EyeAfrica TV all other media personnel were denied entry. The Gambia Press Union have released a presser highlighting that they are engaging the authorities on the matter. It is expected that if the Constitution Bill tabled today 14th September 2020 is promulgated into law, it will usher in the Gambia’s Third Republic. Today morning (14th September 2020) I went to the National Assembly to cover what I…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT In mid-August President Adama Barrow finally succumbed to Civil Society Organisations call to address the nation. During his speech, he highlighted that “in April of this year, our health experts projected that by July-August 2020, cases of Coronavirus related infections and mortality will rise in the country. In the past weeks, we have witnessed this sad development, with a dramatic rise in the number of COVID -19 cases and deaths in our dear country.” Statistically, we take a closer look at the data and speak to medical professionals to comprehend how July and August compared to…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia’s Justice Minister Hon. Dawda A. Jallow is set to table the Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia, 2020 Bill on Monday 14th September 2020 at Parliament for the first reading. Three days later, Thursday 17th September 2020, President Adama Barrow will take centre stage to deliver his State of the Nation Address to lawmakers. This is according to the National Assembly’s Agenda for the “third ordinary session of the National Assembly in the 2020 Legislative Year”. The session is scheduled to run for two weeks (excluding two Fridays) with Parliamentarians scheduled to deliberate…

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This is a speech delivered by the Gambia’s President Adama Barrow on the Fifty-Seventh (57th) Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States. The Statement was delivered at Niamey, the Republic of Niger on 7th September 2020. Mr. Chairman, Excellencies Heads of State and Government, ECOWAS, AU, UNOWAS, Delegates, Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I extend sincere appreciation to the Chairman, His Excellency, Mr. Mahammadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger for hosting this significant Summit. By the same token, I thank His Excellency, President Issoufou for the leadership…

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