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.

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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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia’s Ministry of Justice has published the Constitutional Review Commission’s (CRC’s) Draft Constitution in the Gazette for the second time, paving the way for the Draft Constitution to be tabled at the National Assembly on or after 7th September 2020. It can be recalled that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) published an Electoral Calendar scheduling the Constitutional Referendum on Saturday 5th June 2021. However, many have raised concerns that the Diaspora Voters’ registration is scheduled for July 2021, after the Constitutional Referendum, ruling them out of the Plebiscite which will promulgate The Gambia’s Third Republic.…

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By St Peter’s Alumni Association The Saint Peter’s Alumni Association (SPAA), was established on August 20, 2017 out of a desire to bring together the ex-students of Saint Peter’s Technical High School (now Saint Peter’s Technical Junior and Senior Secondary School) to support the School in whatever way possible. This is our way of showing appreciation to the School that immensely contributed to making who and what we are today as individuals, and thereby contribute to further improving the standards and performance level of St Peter’s. A WhatsApp group was created on August 23, 2017, to facilitate communication among members.…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The staff of a private medical clinic based in Brusubi, Africmed, have staged a sit down strike due to a 25% salary deduction. The group of medical workers say they can no longer work with Administrator Mr Modou Sisse and Finance Manager Sanju Kumar. However, in a turn of events, Mrs Kumar told Gainako News that up to 50 staff have been refunded their deductions and they are ready to refund the rest in full. The letter dated 28th August signed by over 75 staff sent to Africmed Management expressed “total disappointment on your recent action…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia passed a Supplementary Appropriation Act 2020 on 22nd July totalling D2.8 Billion Dalasis. This has raised the Government’s total expenditure to D24.1 Billion. The initial Supplementary Appropriation Bill tabled by the Minister of Finance was more than D3.4 Billion meaning that the Bill was cut by D541 Million. This article details where the cuts and additions were made to the Bill (D3.4 Billion) culminating with the Act (D2.8 Billion) approved by the National Assembly. The main impacts of the Supplementary Budget are also discussed. Supplementary Budget otherwise known as Supplementary Appropriation is an additional…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT I am set to publish an in-depth article on detailing where the cuts and additions were made to the D3.4 Billion Supplementary Appropriation Bill culminating with the D2.8 Billion Supplementary Appropriation Act 2020. First the positives, I want to thank Hon Ousman Sillah, Hon Alhaji Sankung Jammeh, Adama Touray UTG Lecturer and Secretary-General of CepRaas and all those who engaged me on the Supplementary Appropriation Act (D2.8 Billion). However, on the flip side, I was very disappointed not to get a response from two National Assembly members whom I greatly respect in the name of Hon…

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By IGF Gambia to hold 6th National Internet Governance Forum The Gambia will hold the 6th annual Internet Governance Forum the event is being organized through a multi-stakeholder National Steering Committee with a secretariat supported by the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet. While there is no negotiated outcome, the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors. “ The event will present a virtual dialogue to…

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Statement of United Democratic Party Leader Ousainou Darboe on the 23rd August 2020 on the 24th Anniversary of the Founding of the United Democratic Party. Today marks the 24th  anniversary of the founding of our great party  – The United Democratic Party (UDP). Unlike previous years when we would gather as crowds of comrades to celebrate and reflect on the enduring journey we have embarked on to build a Gambia that is as good as the diverse people that constitute it , the challenges of a raging pandemic requires that this year we commemorate the founding of the party differently.…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT First published on 24 August 2019 Many at times I am asked about the conflict of being an activist and a journalist. Are you an activist or a journalist they ask me? To some, the concoction of journalism and activism is like oil and water and journalists must observe the golden rule at all times “thou shall not mix the two”. It is a fact that journalists are supposed to be objective and not get caught up emotionally in the stories they are telling. So some see activism as an affront to the journalism profession. Others…

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The National Human Rights Commission, The Gambia PRESS RELEASE published on 17th August 2020 Urgent Government Action Needed to Address the Caste System in the Upper River Region and Other Parts of The Gambia. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is extremely concerned about the alleged fine, and in lieu banishment, imposed on one Musa Trawally by the Alkalo of Garawol Village in the Upper River Region (URR) for leading a congregational prayers on Tobaski Day, as reported on the Foroyaa Newspaper of 11 August 2020 with the caption ‘Man Ordered to Vacate Garawol After Leading Supposed Slave Class in…

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