Sunday 25 June 2017
(APA 06/24/17)
Cabinet ministers in the new Gambian government will declare their assets to the state by July 15, 2017 under a new policy promoting transparency and accountability in public affairs. This was announced in a statement delivered by the director of Communication at the Office of the President in Banjul, Amie Bojang-Sissoho, during a press briefing at the presidency Thursday. She said a new culture of transparency and accountability in The Gambia consists in ministers declaring their self-worth to discourage corruption in government. The decision instructing ministers to declare their assets is in response to widespread public calls for the personal properties of appointed state officials to be made public. The move has been widely hailed...
(APA 06/23/17)
Landing Kinteh has been appointed as The Gambia’s new Inspector General of Police, a police spokesman confirmed to APA on Thursday. Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Foday Conta said Kinteh is taking over from Jammeh-era IGP Yankuba Sonko with immediate effect although he would only report to work after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Former police commissioner at the Police Training School, Mamour Jobe has been appointed as Kinteh’s deputy. Until his appointment as IGP, Landing Kinteh has been serving at the African Union and United Nations hybrid peacekeeping mission in the restive Sudanese region of Darfur. He had reportedly abandoned his UN contract in Sudan to return and work in The Gambia. IGP Kinteh who has a Master's...
(APA 06/23/17)
Gambia's new three-floor ferry, Kunta Kinteh, has the capacity to carry up to 2000 passengers, 27 cars, four trucks and state-of-the-art navigational aid and fire-fighting equipment devices for passengers. Speaking at the commissioning of the ferry on Wednesday, President Adama Barrow recalled the difficulties passengers experienced while crossing to and from Banjul-Barra for their normal work or personal schedules. Barrow said he had pledged to the electorate in the North Bank Region that once he was elected, he would fix the challenges of crossing the river that separates the city of Banjul and Barra. 'While the commissioning of the new ferry today will surely alleviate the present state of the ferry services, I am fully aware...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks...
(APA 06/21/17)
Gambian President, Adama Barrow will commission a brand new ferry scheduled to start operation on Wednesday and ease the challenges of crossing for tens of thousands of commuters who use the 7-kilometre stretch. The Gambia Ports Authority announced on Tuesday.that the new ferry will facilitate transportation of people and goods across the waters separating the capital, Banjul and the town of Barra in the North Bank of the River Gambia. The vessel with a capacity of 2000 landed at the Banjul shipyard earlier in June pending its commissioning ahead of the highly anticipated river transport services. It was purchased to help reduce the transport burden on the two ferries currently plying the crossing point...
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including...
(Agence Ecofin 06/17/17)
Senegal is considering helping Gambia face the power crisis which it currently experiences. SENELEC, Senegal’s power utility is currently looking at exporting its power surplus to Gambia, the country’s minister of power, Thierno Alassane Sall, said. “As we speak, we have an excess output of 200MW which is not being used. We even negotiated with a neighboring country (Mali, editor’s note) to which will be sold 20MW. And there is another neighbor which is landlocked and just comes out of...
(APA 06/16/17)
The sector regulator the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) of the Gambia government has announced the liberalization of licenses to allow private television stations to operate in the country. This was after a review of TV licensing to provide for migration from analogue to digital technology, as instructed by the Ministry of Information and Communications Infrastructure. A press release from PURA, seen by APA on Friday, announced the new government is now accepting applications for license to operate private televisions in the country. This is in contrast to the former government of Yahya Jammeh which delayed granting license...
(APA 06/16/17)
The visiting UN Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances Thursday held a closed door meeting with Gambian President Adama Barrow. The group has been in The Gambia since Sunday to conduct a comprehensive study on the prevention and eradication of enforced disappearances, including issues related to truth, justice and reparation for victims of such violations. Members of the UN working group are expected to meet and hold talks with family members of disappeared relatives with a view to studying...
(APA 06/16/17)
The Management of the closed Daily Observer newspaper have resorted to negotiations with the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) over the company's tax payment default allegedly since 2004, amounting to D17 millions (about $377,777), a senior reporter of the newspaper told APA on Friday. According to the anonymous source, the negotiations have been going on since Thursday, and that the dialogue is expected to reach an agreement to allow the company resume operations and pay the tax areas by installments. The...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/17)
"I'm prepared to die," says Abdullah Ibrahim, a 27-year-old migrant from The Gambia. "I want to go to Germany, I love Germany since I'm young. I hope my dream will come true." For the time being, that dream is on hold after a first attempt negotiating the dangers of the desert, then armed militias in Libya to reach the Mediterranean. But he failed to find passage on a vessel to Europe and has returned to the central Niger city of...
(APA 06/15/17)
The leader of the opposition Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), Fabakary Tombong Jatta, has spoken out against “the militarization of Kanilai and other areas in Foni”. “I will urge the government to end the illegal curfew in Kanilai. I have spoken to the people there, and they told me the military has imposed a curfew on the villagers’, Jatta told journalists. It would be recalled that Kanilai, native village of the former president, was recently the scene of...
(APA 06/15/17)
The Gambia has severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf State of Qatar following South Africa, Egypt and Senegal over allegations that the Middle Eastern nation is funding terrorist organizations. According to a news release issued on Thursday by the ministry of foreign affairs, international cooperation and Gambians abroad read on national television on Wednesday night, the Gambia has become the latest country to cut ties with Qatar. Gambia has enjoyed numerous development projects during former president Yahya Jammeh's administration; several...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Extortion, corruption and fear; violence, hunger and sometimes even death: for west African migrants dreaming of reaching Europe, the road to get there can be an absolute minefield. - Departure - Whether it's The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal or Nigeria, everything starts with the "hustlers" -- slang for the middlemen or fixers who organise the trip. Their honesty and prices vary, with the would-be migrant usually deceived about the welcome expected in Europe. Many possess no official documents from their home country, and do not understand illegal status in Europe. Most are ignorant about the extreme difficulties they will encounter en route. "We didn't know we were risking our lives," said Kante Sekou...
(Agence Ecofin 06/14/17)
The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (“ICD”), the private sector arm of IDB Group, and Agib Bank Ltd have entered into a Joint Strategic Collaboration to finance private sector entities in The Gambia. On behalf of the CEO of ICD, Mr Khaled Al Aboodi, Mr. Mohammed Alammari, Director of Internal Audit at ICD signed the financing agreements for the amount of USD5 million. with Mr. Muhammed Jah, Chairman of Agib Bank. The collaboration will focus on...
(APA 06/14/17)
Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has announced he would hold a press conference twice in every six months to inform the citizens on the activities of the government. Emerging from Tuesday's second cabinet meeting, President Adama Barrow took to his Facebook page, writing: “My cabinet agreed to put in place a communications strategy that would guide regular government communication with the public. This will include regular press briefings and I will hold bi-annual news conferences.” Reacting to news of the proposed bi-annual press conferences, the Gambia press union said it was a great and...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Maria gave smugglers all her family savings and crossed three countries and the searing Libyan desert, but when she finally boarded a boat for Europe her dream was swiftly shattered. She was 24 and pregnant with her second child when she left Liberia with her husband and their three-year-old son. The family passed through Guinea and Mali before crossing southern Algeria to reach the Libyan desert. "The smugglers took all our money" -- more than $2,150 (2,000 euros), she said...
(APA 06/14/17)
A 10-day ''National Dialogue on Peace and Reconciliation'' began on Tuesday to resolve the recent violent protest by natives of former President Yahya Jammeh's home village, Kanilai and nearby communities in the Foni Province, West Coast Region of the country. The dialogue is organized by the National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) of the Gambian Government. The protesters were demanded the withdrawal of the ECOMIG troops in the Kanilai, resulting to fierce clashes in which at least one of the...
(APA 06/14/17)
Gambia's Interior Minister Mai Ahmed Fatty has disclosed that negotiations are at an advanced stage for The Gambia to source electricity supply from Senelec, the national electricity company of Senegal. Fatty spoke to reporters in Banjul at the end of a day-long cabinet meeting. Speaking on behalf of the Information minister who is out of the country, Fatty announced that the government is working on normalising the erratic water and power supply being experienced at the moment in most parts...
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Uche's real journey had yet to begin but he had already spent four days in the northern Nigerian city of Kano after travelling on public buses and potholed roads from Imo state in the southeast. He planned to go to Agadez, a transit town on the southern edge of the Sahara desert in central Niger, take a truck to Sebha, in southwestern Libya, and from there to the capital Tripoli, and then to Italy or Spain. But his contact, who...

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