Thursday 29 June 2017
(Voice of America 06/13/13)
A team of officials from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is in Mali to assess the security and political situation in the approach to the country’s July 28 presidential election. Sonny Ugoh, the ECOWAS communications director, said the fact finding mission is part of the regional bloc’s plans to restore constitutional rule in Mali and maintain its territorial integrity. “This is consistent with the requirement of our protocol on democracy and good governance…,” Ugoh said. His comments came after Burkinabe’s foreign minister, Djibril Bassole, said the Malian government and ethnic Tuareg rebels had agreed “in principle” on a deal that would allow elections to take place next month and the army to return to the rebel-held city...
(Jollofnews 06/13/13)
Yahya Jammeh(JollofNews) – President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia has vowed to eradicate all acts of criminality in the country. Addressing the people of Farafenni in the North Bank Region as part of his dialogue with the people tour, Mr Jammeh said murder, armed robbery and homosexuality are alien in the Gambia and his government will never allow them to take root in the country. ‘’I will have no mercy for murderers and as long as I remain president, I will never allow such awful menaces to take root in this country,’’ Mr Jammeh said. "Armed robbers and other criminals especially those who operate in the border villages should desist from such acts because we will not show mercy to...
(The Point 06/13/13)
DPS Bojang was speaking at a one-day validation forum on the review of livestock/ meat and milk value chains held at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi. Participants are drawn from the major relevant stakeholders in livestock/ meat and milk value-chain including meat processors, and animal diary vendors, poultry farmers and others across the country. According to him, the strategic objectives of the policy are the achievement of national food and nutrition security; a strengthened ANR sector through commercialization; strengthened public and private sectors to render the needed services and sustainable natural resource base. He said the livestock sub-sector policy as contained in the ANR policy framework include the increasing livestock production and productivity to meet 75% of national demand...
(Daily Observer 06/13/13)
The chief executive officer (CEO) of the newly established Dongoro-ba Development Health Centre has disclosed that at least 900 patients have been registered at the health centre since its inauguration a month ago. The D32M health facility that was fully funded by one Alhaji Lamin Dem, a native of the village, is located in Jarra East District, Lower River Region. It was inaugurated on the 27th April 2013 by the Health and Social Welfare minister, Balla Garba Jahumpa, on behalf of the Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Dr. Alhaji Yahya AJJ Jammeh. Speaking to this reporter last week at the health centre, Alpha Dem disclosed that they have also registered more than 26 deliveries at the centre's maternity ward...
(Ventures Africa 06/12/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Gambian Vice President, Dr Isatou Njie Saidy, has commissioned the country’s first ever Information, Communication Technology (ICT) Assembly Plant Complex at Serekunda near the capital Banjul over the weekend. The factory complex has two Training Centers, an ultra-modern product Showroom, a two-line state-of-the art Production Plant capable of assembling 500 mobile phones and 200 computer laptops daily, and after-sales and repair facilities. The factory is an investment by ICT assembling company Rlg Communications Limited. Rlg Communications is a Ghanaian computer assembling company owned by businessman Roland Agambire. Rlg also produces the ‘UHURU’ brand of laptops. The plant alone cost $500, 000 but the total investment by Rlg in the West African state since 2009 comes to...
(The Point 06/12/13)
Jammeh, who was received to a tumultuous welcome by elders and youth of the North Bank Region, later proceeded to Chamen village where he inaugurated the newly refurbished seed multiplication centre. The centre, funded by GEAPP/WAAPP project, is among others meant to boost agricultural productivity by increasing access to agricultural inputs and equipment. From Chamen village, President Jammeh and entourage, which included cabinet ministers and APRC party bigwigs, proceeded to Farafenni, where a meeting was held. Addressing thousands of people at the meeting, President Jammeh reiterated his call for Gambians, especially the youth, to change their attitudes and contribute effectively to national development. President Jammeh lamented that his government has put in so many projects aimed at developing the country...
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...
(The Point 06/12/13)
The event, known as Yaws Creations 2013 Face, will be presented by a renowned Gambian fashion and interior designer, Awa Conateh. According to Awa Conateh, the creative director of Yaws Creations who is the brain behind the occasion, the event is slated to be a mini-arts festival taking place on 14, 15 and 16 June 2013. Madam Conateh added that the event is centred on further promoting the country’s arts and culture agenda. The two-day event will be a platform for the already established artistes to mentor upcoming ones and to also showcase their works. The founder of Face 2013 said her main goal has always been to boost The Gambian fashion industry. “This time around, I want to give...
(The Point 06/11/13)
Stakeholders in the micro finance institutions from the five member countries of WAIFEM (The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) yesterday commence a four-day regional course on microfinance operations and regulations. Organised by the Wet African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM), the course currently under way at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi, was designed to among others enhance participants’ understanding of the features, operations and contributions of microfinance institutions to the financial intermediation process. The course comes in the light of the fact that while the gap between the supply and demand for microfinance services is huge, one of the major constraints is the lack of capacity in operating sustainable institutions. In a statement delivered on...
(Nigerian Tribune 06/11/13)
Nigerian High Commissioner to The Gambia, Ambassador Esther John Audu, came into national limelight when she served as President of the National Council of Women Societies, after which she became a member of the House of Representatives before her current appointment. In this interview with AJAYI OLUWAPELUMI, she sheds light on the bane of effective business relations between Nigeria and The Gambia. Excerpts. How will you describe the relationship between Nigeria and The Gambia since your appointment as High Commissioner? First and foremost, Gambia is a small country, with a population of 1.7million people. The economy is growing and Nigeria has played a major role in ensuring that The Gambia is what it is today. Nigeria is directly involved in...
(The Point 06/11/13)
Cadet Officer Ali Sumbundu of the Gambia Armed Forces is about to travel to the United States of America to study at the U.S. Air Force Academy for a period of four years. On Friday 7th June 2013, he was honoured by the US Ambassador to The Gambia, Edward Alford, at a ceremony held at the Embassy on Kairaba Avenue, attended by members of the Gambia Armed Forces, US Embassy Staff, Minister of Foreign Affairs, parents and friends of Ali Sumbundu. Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Edward Alford described the day as important for both The Gambia and the United States of America and congratulated Mr. Ali Sumbundu for becoming the first Gambian accepted into a U.S. Military Service Academy...
(Ventures Africa 06/11/13)
VENTURES AFRICA — The West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ), a sub-regional monetary union, has said it will need $200 million for the construction of the ECOWAS (Economic Commission Of West African States) Regional Bank to be located in Accra, Ghana. The Director of the region’s Financial Integration, Dr. Eunice Ngozi Egbuns disclosed this to journalists who are currently undergoing a two weeks regional integration training funded by Deutsche Welle Academic in Accra. She noted that the construction of the Ecowas Bank by 2015 will serve as a precursor to the introduction of the region’s single currency “Eco” slatted for 2020. The single currency was approved and adopted by member states in Accra, after the conclusion of its 24th meeting of...
(Freedom Newspaper 06/11/13)
The confused Kanilai monster has just fired his Chief Protocol officer Moses Jallow, the Freedom Newspaper can report. Mr. Jallow is no more, as the soldier calls it. He has been dismissed with immediate effect. The State House is undergoing some serious transformation. Jammeh is hell busy trying to contain some of the state secrets being leaked through the pages of this popular newspaper. The Kanilai jester doesn’t know who are the real sources supplying information to the Freedom Newspaper. Jammeh has reached a crisis situation. He is suffering from crisis of confidence. He doesn’t trust anyone around him nowadays. He has banned his entourage from using cell phones during the ongoing “Dialogue with the people tour.” Folks cannot use...
(The Point 06/10/13)
In line with his constitutional mandate, President Yahya Jammeh is expected to embark on a nationwide dialogue with the people tour starting today, Monday 10th June 2013. The tour, which comes once or twice annually is, among others, expected to avail the President the opportunity to meet with the people, know their concerns and work towards addressing them. It will also give the President the opportunity to assess development projects on the ground. According to the tour itinerary, President Jammeh will be holding meetings in selected towns and villages in the provinces, including Farafenni, Kaur, Jangjangbureh, Gambissara, and Basse, among others. The tour will end in Banjul on 30th June with a masquerade competition and cultural jamboree. Meanwhile, the Gambian...
(The Point 06/10/13)
The Vice President and Minister of Women's Affairs, Isatou Njie-Saidy, Friday on behalf of President Yahya Jammeh commissioned a fleet of 50 new buses to kick-start the operations of the newly-established Gambia Transport Service Company (GTSC). Purchased by the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC), the new buses were said to have been specially assembled for this country by Ashok-Leyland, one of the most reputable bus manufacturing companies in the world. The initiative, lauded by many, is widely expected to reduce the transportation difficulties encountered by the public, especially students around the country. In her statement at a ceremony held at the July 22 Square in Banjul, Vice President Njie-Saidy, underscored the importance of a public transport system, which...
(The Point 06/10/13)
Emir Kanpulat, chairman of the Turkish-Gambian Business Council, has expressed satisfaction in Gambia's safety and peaceful environment for investment and business to thrive. Mr Kanpulat made these remarks on Saturday at the Secretariat of the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCC) in Bijilo, where a Business Opportunity Match-making session between a delegation of Turkish Investors and the Gambian Business Community was held to discuss business opportunities in such areas as construction, fisheries, ports and shipyard projects, airport security, and trade. "Gambia is a safe and beautiful country and it is nice for business," Mr Kanpulat told journalists in a brief interview granted the media. Head of the Turkish investment delegation to The Gambia for the business opportunity match-making session,...
(Daily Observer 06/10/13)
Rlg Communications Gambia Ltd, a multi-million dollar mobile phone and laptop assembly plant was on Saturday officially commissioned by the vice president and minister of Women's Affairs, Her Excellency Dr. Aja Isatou Njie-Saidy at a ceremony held at the company's headquarters along Kairaba Avenue. Rlg Gambia, is a subsidiary of the Rlg Communications Group headquartered in Accra Ghana. The Group specialises in the production and sale of communication equipment such as mobile phones, electronic notebooks, tablets, laptops, LCD TV monitors and other ICT accessories. Rlg also provides capacity building programmes through its Mobile Phone Repair Training Programme. The Rlg Group has been in existence for more than a decade, and operating in many countries including Ghana, Nigeria, China, Dubai and...
(Daily Observer 06/10/13)
The Global Unification (GU) the Gambia, a youth-led civil society environmental organisation based in The Gambia has won the prestigious Energy Globe National Award 2013 for its inspiring Coastal Communities' Resilience Enhancing project (Coastal CARE). The presentation of the award was done on Wednesday 5th June 2013 by the Honourary consular of the Republic of Austria, Josef Kittl at the organisation's office along Kairaba Avenue. The project has been selected out of over 1000 entries from 161 countries across the globe. Giving a brief remark on the occasion, Fatou Gaye, the minister of Environment and Parks and Wild Life congratulated Global Unification The Gambia on the award, acknowledging that the organisation has been a vibrant youth group in the country...
(Daily Observer 06/10/13)
The 2013 Legacy of Empowerment Award of the United States-based Women Empowering Nations (WEN) was on Saturday evening conferred on The Gambia's Foreign Affairs minister, Susa Waffa-Oogo at a banquette organised by the organisation at the Kairaba Beach Hotel in Kololi. The Award was conferred on Foreign Affairs Minister Waffa-Oogo by the founder and executive director of Women Empowering Nations, Ms Carlisha Williams, in recognition of her accomplishments and distinguished leadership as well as for being a role model to young people, particularly girls in The Gambia and beyond. Susan Waffa Oogo is the second recipient of the award in the country following the vice president and minister of Women's Affairs, Her Excellency Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy, who received it...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...

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