Monday 20 November 2017
(The Observer 05/28/13)
As the African Union (AU) Summit drew to a close in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, leaders from more than 50 countries contemplated what Pan-Africanism has meant to the continent over the past five decades and what role it can play in Africa's future. The theme of the summit, held at the start of the AU's jubilee celebrations, was "Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance". Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairwoman of the AU Commission, said at the opening session of the debate that it was the unity of purpose, sacrifice and solidarity by Africa that led to the decolonisation of the continent and the dismantling of apartheid. The reason to review the topic after 50 years, according to her, is that "the spirit of Pan-Africanism...
(Freedom Newspaper 05/28/13)
Gambia has many problems. Thankfully, in the scheme of things, tribalism is not one of them. Gambia's mere size resulted in calling into question its viability as a sovereign state which almost cost it its political independence. Correspondingly, its economy was also small and lacked a productive base that posed serious challenge to economists as to it economic viability. By way of illustration, when Britain left in February 1965, Gambia's recurrent budget was less than two million pounds sterling with Britain contributing seven hundred and forty-five thousand pounds or 37% of the budget. British colonialism promoted tribalism and parochialism, pitting colonial territory versus protectorate, urban versus rural, the educated versus the uneducated, Muslims versus Christians, United Party versus PPP; a...
(The Point 05/28/13)
Despite the stiff counter-narcotics laws in place in this country, it seems some people are still engaging in drug trafficking. Reports suggest that there are still successes in interceptions. However, that this is the case means the drug market continues to thrive, as we are still told of the discovery or seizure by the relevant state authorities of fresh quantities of illicit drugs. Drug trafficking has far-reaching effects on many aspects of society, from the presence of gangs and gang-related violence to the impact of drug money in poor neighbourhoods. Indeed, crime, violence, and drug-use go hand-in-hand. Drug abuse and illicit trafficking hold back achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and should be fought as part of an overall...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
( 05/24/13)
The Gambia’s economic performance - The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday completed the first review of The Gambia’s economic performance under a programme supported by the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement. The IMF said in a statement made available to PANA in New York on Thursday that the completion of the review enabled the disbursement of an amount equivalent to Special Drawing Right (SDR) of 1.555 million (about US$2.3 million). 'This development brings total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 10.885 million (about US$16.2 million),' it said. The fund also noted that in completing the review, the IMF Board approved the authorities’ request for a waiver for non-observance of the continuous performance criterion on external...
(The Point 05/24/13)
President Yahya Jammeh Thursday urged members of his cabinet to always do what is right, fear nobody or risk going to jail. Jammeh was speaking during the swearing in ceremony of the newly appointed Attorney General and Minister of Justice Amie Joof and the new Solicitor General and Legal Secretary, Basiru Vassili Potier Mahoney at State House in Banjul. ‘As both of you were judges, I don’t need to belabor this point, but I will tell you something that is very clear: do what is right, fear nobody, but do what is wrong and be ready to go to jail,’ he said. Recalling his old days, President Jammeh said: ‘In those days when that old man used to talk about...
(Daily Observer 05/24/13)
The Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh, Thursday afternoon presided over the swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed Attorney General and minister of Justice, Amie Joof; and Solicitor General and Legal Secretary, Basiru Vassili Potier Mahoney, at State House in Banjul. Administered by Noah Touray, Secretary to Cabinet, the two took the oaths of office, allegiance, and secrecy. Addressing the newly appointed Attorney General and minister of Justice, and the Solicitor General and Legal Secretary, the Gambian leader first thanked the Almighty Allah for the day, and congratulated the two. He said: "We all know that their role is indispensable because without laws there cannot be governance; without governance there cannot be peace and stability,...
(ASN American street news 05/24/13)
Imam Baba Leigh, who was arrested and held incommunicado for over five months by the brutal regime of the Gambia’s iron fist ruler, dictator Yahya Jammeh, has said that his faith and dedication to the truth shall remain unshakable by the grace of God. Imam Leigh’s appreciation message to the public and well-wishers is hereunder reproduced: “Since my abduction, spanning five months and 17 days; I have caused tremendous stress to my love ones. Gambians and non-Gambians alike have been tormented psychologically because of my ordeal. I want to express my deepest and sincere sense of appreciation for your genuine concern about my life and safety.” “To all those concerned, I want to say sorry for the trauma you have...
(Freedom Newspaper 05/23/13)
Hamat Bah Accuses Jammeh Government Of Lying To Gambians About The EU 17 Point Demands, When The Regime Claimed That The EU Wanted To Introduce Gay Marriage In The Gambia! President Yahya Jammeh and his government tried to fool the Gambian populace by claiming that the European Union wanted to introduce gay marriage in the Gambia, when the EU issued its 17 Points Article 8 demands for good governance reformation in the Gambia, Hamat Bah, the leader of the National Reconciliation Party, tells a Raleigh meeting held in the Triangle here this past weekend. Mr. Bah said the Jammeh regime went as far as misleading the country’s citizenry about the realities surrounding the EU 17 point demands by asking communities...
(Freedom Newspaper 05/23/13)
Pa, This is The Soldier again. My able boss permission to write and I know it is granted. Pa and fellow Gambians not only did dictator Jammeh dismissed the minister of justice Lamin Jobarteh, but dictator Jammeh has arrested the former minister who is currently with the NIA . Information reaching us at Dakar is that Pa Harry is also at the NIA and our agents are trying to confirm this story. Pa and fellow GAMBIANS this is a big development because these two people played a key role on the killing of the MILE-2 NINE (RIP) . These two people misled dictator Jammeh and actually dictated the killing of the MILE-2 NINE spearheaded by Dr. M and the Cuban...
(Star Africa 05/23/13)
BANJUL, Gambia, May 23, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the first review of The Gambia’s economic performance under a program supported by the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement. The completion of the review enables the disbursement of an amount equivalent to SDR 1.555 million (about US$2.3 million), bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 10.885 million (about US$16.2 million). In completing the review, the Board approved the authorities’ request for a waiver for nonobservance of the continuous performance criterion on external arrears and a re-phasing of the reviews. The Executive Board approved a three-year ECF arrangement with an amount equivalent to SDR 18.66 million (then about US$28.3 million)...
(The Point 05/23/13)
The Gambia International Airlines, GIA, on Monday held a stakeholders meeting on Hajj preparations at its office in Yundum. The meeting, which brought together GIA officials, National Hajj Commission, Gambia Civil Aviation Authority, Ministry of Health and others, was meant to review 2012 Hajj and begin ground works for this year’s Hajj. In their interventions at the meeting, Matty Boye, PS, at the Ministry of Health and Adama Demba, director of Health Services, said health is a key element for the performance of Hajj, adding that it is also their responsibility to assess the level of preparedness, including medications and vaccinations. According to them, the Ministry of Health will look at the level of preparedness, starting with laboratory, vaccination and...
(The Point 05/23/13)
The Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure acting under Section 7(2) of the Information and Communication Act, CAP 74.03 Laws of The Gambia, 2009, Tuesday granted International Data Gateway Licenses to four GSM companies and Internet Service Providers (ISP) licenses to two service providers in the country. Africell, Gamcel, Comium and Qcell, Unique Solution and Netpage were granted their licenses at a ceremony presided over by Information Minister Nana Grey-Johnson at the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure. Speaking at the ceremony, Nana Grey-Johnson said the process has engaged them for years, but having looked at all the possible angles and now conscious of what it can bring to The Gambia, he is quite satisfied. “Not much to be said,...
(The Point 05/22/13)
Africans and friends of Africa all over the world will on Saturday 25th May commemorate Africa Day also known as Africa Liberation Day. The day was founded in 1958 when Dr. Kwame Nkrumah convened the First Conference of Independent States held in Accra, Ghana, and attended by eight independent African states. The day seeks to mark, each year, the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation. This day has helped to raise political awareness in African communities across the world.It has also been a source of information about the struggles for liberation and development. Kwame Nkrumah, the founder of the modern state of...
(ASN American street news 05/22/13)
The regime of The Gambia’s iron fist ruler, dictator Yahya Jammeh has rescinded its earlier irrational hostile condemnation of the European Union (EU) describing it as a “true partner” in development. The regime also admitted that the financial support provided by the EU over the years, has enabled the Gambia to implement its development programmes, disputing earlier statements made by the country’s autocratic ruler that the EU provide the West African nation with “chicken change.” The regime through its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Susan Waffa-Ogoo expressed confidence that through constant interaction that recognizes “our social, religious and cultural differences, The Gambia-EU relationship will continue to be productive”. Further acknowledging the EU as a development partner at a reception hosted by...
(Foroyaa 05/22/13)
It has been announced on the 10pm news on GRTS television on Monday,20 May,2013 that Lamin Jobarteh has been relieved of his cabinet post as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice with immediate effect. He is replaced as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice by Amie Joof who, until her recent cabinet appointment, was a Justice of the Gambia Court of Appeal. Mr. Jobarteh was appointed as AG and Justice Minister in the constitution of a new cabinet on 3 February 2012, following the 2011 presidential election. Prior to his appointment to cabinet, Jobarteh served as a High Court Judge in Banjul since 2010. He also practiced as a private lawyer after serving in both the police force...
(Daily Observer 05/21/13)
Janjangbureh — Health authorities and other stakeholders have disclosed plans to vaccinate about 48, 000 children in the Central River Region (CRR) in the upcoming nationwide polio immunisation campaign, slated from 24th-27th May, 2013. This information was disclosed recently in Janjangbureh during a day's sensitisation programme organised for members of the region's Technical Advisory Committee ahead of the nationwide campaign. The initiative organised by the Health Promotion and Communication Unit in Banjul, in collaboration with the Regional Health Directorate was meant to prepare the officials in earnest with a view to ensuring a successful campaign. Speaking at the occasion, the deputy governor of the region, Modou Jagne underscored the importance of the sensitisation, saying it is part of the process...
(Daily Observer 05/21/13)
As the world economy continues to grow, so also is tourism. It is worth noting that tourism was already reaching new heights in 2012 and continued to grow robustly in 2013. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) noted that in 2012, arrivals grew more rapidly in the emerging than in the advanced destinations. Worldwide tourism is considered to be a viable and income-generating sector of government if properly managed. And The Gambia is not an exception as government is the number one promoter of tourism in this country. To continue promoting this industry and to make it one of the most viable sectors, it is important that the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education introduce tourism and culture education...
(Daily Observer 05/21/13)
Members of the Young People Without Borders (YPWB) in collaboration with the Civil Servants' Association in Siffoe recently observed the newly launched Gambia 'No Plastic Day' in the form of a massive waste plastic bags collection exercise in Siffoe village, Kombo South, West Coast Region (WCR). The activity was conducted to support the first ever 'Gambia No Plastic Day', which was declared by the National Waste Management Task Force under the National Environment Agency (NEA) to be commemorated every 15th of May. Preceding the commemoration was a quiz competition at the Siffoe Lower Basic School, in which prizes of educational materials were given to all the participating pupils. The secretary of the YPWB, Lamin Camara, said The Gambia No Plastic...

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