I dream of Africa that would one day have one currency one President and one government which will preside over this continent. Because in any way we are one, this borders of Africa were imposed on us by the colonizers, we need leaders who are going to lead us to that drain where there would be one Africa.
Please be reminded that your ministry being responsible for establishing the appropriate setting for private sector development, improving economic growth, trade promotion, and a reduction in poverty. This responsibility are implemented by the creation and application of trade policy and programmes for the growth of trade and execution of policies that will promote commercial production to expand export trade, and the preparation of employment policies, programmes and strategies for the private sector in Gambia.
Furthermore, the recent Budget and Fiscal Policy of the government put before the parliament by your colleague, the Honorable Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, indeed outlined some strategies to create the enabling environment for business people and the private sector in particular to have confidence in the economy and invest in it with the ultimate aim of job creation specifically the youth.
Be informed that the legal framework, strategies and policy directions around which your prestigious Ministry is going to achieve its goals of ensuring job creation and employment opportunities to deal with the state of joblessness in the new Gambia. You are very aware that The Gambia has a big youthful population, majority of whom are poor, uneducated and are unemployed. Most of these youth have resorted to drug abuse causing high prevalence rate of mental illnesses. The female youth resort to prostitution as a quick way of earning money for a leaving.
Madam Minister, you will agree with me that aside the very good policies of legal and fiscal nature aimed at attracting investments in The Gambia, one of the most challenging issues confronting investors in this country is the issue of land acquisition. The land tenure system in The Gambia is not investment friendly. Previously we have seen needless litigations over landownership which have frustrated prospective investors into this country.
The last time I checked some of the causes of the collapse of cottage industries in The Gambia is the Sole Proprietorship mentality of our entrepreneurs, many of such businesses perish with their owners. To ensure the sustainability and continued operations of indigenous businesses, your Ministry should encourage local business people to pull resources and run their businesses rather than going solo and dying with them in many instances.
In order to make The Gambia the business hub of Africa an educational drive as well as tangible and intangible incentives should be given to potential investors to encourage partnerships in the establishment of small and medium scale businesses. This will not only increase their capital base, but also ensure the growth and expansion of businesses and also the perpetuity of those businesses which will be accessible to The Gambians. It will also be better if people to be engaged with and listened to one another during the entire decision-making process and for negotiations to be based on a genuinely progressive mandate and conducted in a democratically transparent way rather than favoritism.
Be cognizant that when prices rise for energy, food, commodities, and other goods and services, the entire economy is affected. Inflation, impact the cost of living, the cost of doing business, borrowing money, loans, corporate and government bond earnings, and every other aspect of the economy.
Research have made it clear that recession is another virus that affects an economy as when businesses cease to expand, the GDP diminishes for two consecutive quarters, the rate of unemployment rises and housing prices decline. Notably there are others factors too that contribute to an economy's fall into a recession, but the major cause is inflation which is really affecting our economy.
In another note a rise in the rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) would also be a cause of increased domestic inflation in the short term because it increases a firm's production costs. Inflation can also come from external sources, for example a sustained rise in the price of oil or other imported commodities, foodstuffs and beverages. Which need to be managed properly to minimize defect in order to make goods and services affordable to The Gambians.
Moreover if incomes do not increase along with the prices of goods and services, everyone's purchasing power will be effectively reduced, which can in turn lead to a slowing or stagnant, sinking economy. Besides when inflation is too high of course, it is not good for the economy or individuals. Inflation will always reduce the value of money, unless interest rates are higher than inflation. And the higher inflation gets, the less chance there is that savers will see any real return on their money upon investment.
November 27, 2016. You made analysis on the price fluctuation that in (1994 Sugar was D140, 2016 Sugar is D2000). (1994 Rice was D130, 2016 Rice is D1500). (1994 Cement was D40, 2016 Cement is 245). (1994 Flour was D170, 2016 Flour is D3000). (1994 Diesel was liter was D4, 2016 Diesel liter is D45). (1994 Charcoal bag was D20, 2016 Charcoal bag is D240) (Dr. Isatou Touray, 2016).
In conclusion Madam Minister, based on your 2016 price fluctuation analysis I regret to inform you that MOTIRIE under your leadership is the worst The Gambia has ever produced. Probably this have to do with your low understanding and familiarization on how to lead the said Ministry for good.
I learnt with dismay that members of the Gambia Democratic Congress
(GDC) have being arrested upon the recent concluded Councillorship election. Based
on the reasons yet to be validated.GDC
being a major political party in the new Gambia should be treated with care and
professionalism in a way that will maintain peace and order. It is in that note
I write to strongly condemn the arrest and subsequent charging of GDC members, particularly
the newly elected Councillor, Mr. Ebrima Manneh of Julangel Ward, the National
Assembly Member for Jimara constituency Hon. Alhagie Sowe and co.
The last time I checked the State have pressings issues and work to
execute such as the rapid increasing rate of theft, robbery and rape which are
on top of mountain Kilimanjaro. The rate at which this crimes are increasing is
quite alarming. Theft, murder and rape seem to have become the order of the day.
There appears to be no interval. What is more shocking is the fact that these
crimes are being committed in broad daylights, particularly robbery as the Brikam
Jah Oil incident is a clear testimony.
Crimes against women and children have increased various during the
recent past. This alarming rate of increase in crimes is a cause of concern for
all right thinking citizens in the country. How do you do the above requirement
when lawlessness, murdering and especially armed robbery, are on the amplification?
If one is not safe inside and outside of their home due to the fear
of being rape, murdered and robbed, how will they have confidence in the
President and his administration for doing a brilliant job? Is it not a popular
saying among some Gambians that if you are hungry, starving but feel safe and
are peaceful, you are much happier?
Furthermore education is widely regarded as essential to economic
growth, national development and overall prosperity. In The Gambia, education
is valued very highly and theoretically given a high priority. Strangely
enough, however, the teachers responsible for educating Gambia’s youth are not
valued that extremely as expected compared to other jobs. Considering the rapid
increase of goods and services, you would think that teachers would be among
the highest paid professionals. Yet teachers are compensated unreasonably to
their advanced education levels and are disrespected by many people.
The Gambia has a big youthful population, majority of whom are
poor, uneducated and are unemployed. Most of these youth have resorted to drug
abuse causing high prevalence rate of mental illnesses. The female youth resort
to prostitution as a quick way of earning money for a leaving.
The Gambia health sector is in the verge of sinking like the
Titanic as a result of inadequate medical facilities and human resources. Of
recent I well-read that the Doctors were on a sit-down strike as per the
allegation of theft made by the minister of health.
It is one year now the Barrow led administration is yet to
demonstrate any leadership or clear direction.This is believed to be an oversight by the presiding President and his
advisers, due to a lack of familiarity and understanding of the existing 1997 constitution.To my knowledge the ministerial position for
defense also remains unfilled and has therefore been attached to the office of
the President?Is it to be assumed therefore
that Barrow occupies the roles of President; Commander in Chief and defense
minister at the same time? To date there is lack of clarity over this
Corruption in this country is experienced in many sectors. In
politics, corruption is heavily floating like a canoe from Banjul to Barra. In
fact, the less connected citizens of The Gambia are the one that suffers as
wealth which is to be evenly distributed are being utilized by the top
politicians alone. Transparency International have not failed in giving updates
on the nations that have stained their hands by indulging in massive corrupt
practices. According to the organization, corruption still remains rampant in
public sector. Currently, we can concretely say that corruption in The Gambia
is not just a mere perception but inherently pervasive in the country as evidenced
by the recent scandal exposed by the IMF and the World Bank.
Both the University of The Gambia and The Gambia College does not
have learning materials, most of those books in the main libraries are outdated
decades ago. However, if we want to have better educational system where
students learn to develop themselves and strive hard to learn the values of
life, we must focus our energy and resources on where it all begins.
The citizen’s right have being violated as per the inadequate
electricity and water supply which are very keen in this 21st
Century of globalization. This as a result have led to the closure of many cottage
industries in The Gambia.
would like to take this opportunity to extend congratulations on your
impressive victory in the recent concluded councillorship election to the House
of the Council. I am delighted that you will continue to work for the good of
the people of your ward and of all Gambians as you perform the duties of councillorship.
I sincerely congratulate you and send my best wishes for your every success and
wisdom in discharging the important and responsible duties of your new position
during the five years term.
confident that the trust placed in you by the people of Kartong ward will
inspire you to continue significant efforts in promoting the unity of our country,
leading it on the path of prosperity, further well-being and security for our
wide-ranging security, political and economic challenges that our country faces
can be overcome only if we stand united in the search for solutions. We are
very pleased that with our effort we will protect the interests of our citizens
and seek long-term goals working together in the council, pursuing bilateral
dialogue and expanding people-to-people contacts.
strongly hope that in the coming months the people of Kartong ward will explore
and develop many new exciting initiatives in culture, education, science, and
innovation. It will not only strengthen the bonds of friendship between APRC, GPDP,
UDP, PDIOS, NRP, GDC, GMC and PPP but will also enhance unity, mutual understanding
and prosperity across the smiling coast of Africa.
be informed that our brotherhood and friendship will be over on the day you
will assume office as from that day you will be under the watch of my
microscopic. Therefore you don’t have enough time to rest neither to sleep. As
I will not give you a single chance or a chance to led the people of Kartong
elected to the council to represent the people of Kartong ward. Becoming a
councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. You will
be in a position to make a difference to the quality of other people's daily
lives and prospects as per your terms of reference. Take some time to get to
know your fellow members both in your own group and across the council. After
all you are going to be spending a lot of time with them over the next five
is over let’s heal the wounds and work together for a better Gambia that we
want to see. The Gambia belongs to us The Gambians both those home and abroad. I
am sure that you would do what you have said during your campaign and the
people of Kartong Ward has lot of hopes that you would provide them the best
facilities they have ever had. Your selection itself shows how much the people
real trick to good governance is to place the needs of the masses above
everything else; to lead not just with words but with action. Actions define
priorities. It’s the only way you can successfully bring the long sought
dividend of democracy to the people of Kartong and the dwellers.
I get to know you, I wanted to be honest about some of the assumptions I have
based on what I witnessed through our in-person interactions and the
communications you chose to share publicly. I hope that by openly sharing my
perspective, you can correct me in the coming days, weeks, months, and years of
your term through your public service.
wish you a successful tenure and hope that your hard work bring you higher
responsibilities and position in your political career.
accept, Your Honorable Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration and full
support in making The Gambia the last place of hope on earth!
Please be informed that
you are democratically and constitutionally conferred with the powers to
protect the citizens of The Gambia. You as the crown of the said ministry is to
guarantee the safety and protection of the President in particular, Gambians
and their properties in general as far beyond all human pleasure.
I submit to you that
the citizens are not safe anymore as the rapid increasing rate of theft,
robbery and rape. The rate at which crime is increasing is quite alarming.
Theft, murder and rape seem to have become the order of the day. It is quite
baffling that in spite of the security measures taken up by the government.
There appears to be no respite. What is more shocking is the fact that these
crimes are being committed in broad daylights, particularly robbery.
Crimes against women
and children have increased various during the recent past. This alarming rate
of increase in crimes is a cause of concern for all right thinking citizens in
the country. How do you do the above requirement when lawlessness, murdering
and especially armed robbery, are on the intensification? You are very much
aware of the fact that prevalence of peace and tranquility and safety of the
citizenry goes a long way to tell or measure how successful one’s leadership or
administration has been.
The last time I checked
your institution have lost touch with the people of The Gambia and have lost
ability to maintain order, command and respect for the rule of law.This is leading people to take the law into
their own hands. With weakened governance, strategies, education and leadership
some Gambians have misinterpreted the notion of democracy as having the freedom
and right to act as they please without due regard for others or their
If one is not safe
inside and outside their home due to the fear of being rape and robbed, how
will they have confidence in the President and his administration for doing a
brilliant job? Is it not a popular saying among some Gambians that if you are
hungry, starving but feel safe and are peaceful, you are much happier?
This immorality situation
must be tackled as soon as a possible before it is too late. A multipronged
strategy should be developed to check crime in society. The public at large and
the students in particular should be educated to respect the sanctity of life
and individual liberty. The police force also need to be educated to handle the
situation intelligently and sympathetically. Likewise the media should be
forced to play a responsible positive role too.
Furthermore to combat
these indigenous conflicts, I will recommend you work with the stakeholders especially
the civic societies to introduce village peace committees, as a grassroots
peacemaking program, that will invite Imam’s and Pastors to join the program
with the objective ofdiscussing love,
forgiveness and reconciliation. Eventually, after the end of the program the
pastors and Imams will go back to preach peace and love at their various congregations.
In which people will be ready to forgive each other despite of their grievances
and everything will start to come together.In addition to this training, the Pastors and Imams in the program will
preach at one another's congregations. As such will enable the pastors and
imams to be like, light which will be shining in the communities.
In conclusion, your
ministry should be frequently talking to the nation, visiting places and
respond to people concern. You cannot run a ministry as your personal property;
rules and regulation of the 21st century leadership style should be
followed and implemented to minimize defects.
Reference is invited from the deceitful article published by the
guardian newspaper on Sunday 1st April, 2018. “Residents of Foni,
the Gambian region where Jammeh had a vast farm and allegedly “bunkers and
treasure”, have been hosting members of a rebel group that for three decades
have been fighting for the secession of their region from Senegal”.(The guardian, 2018)
The aforesaid immorality article by the guardian newspaper co-authored
by Saikou Jammeh a Gambian nationality was a hateful fabrication of intolerable
huge lies, extreme dislike and deep-rooted, mathematically calculated wrongly
with the intended to portray Foni in bad light and to maliciously destroy the
dignity and impeccable honor, which the region is known for.
Saikou Jammeh, though he have the “right of freedom of speech and
expression” and “right of academic freedom”, which are expressly guaranteed by
section 25 (1) (A) and section 25(1) (B) respectively, of The Gambia’s 1997
Constitution. But that doesn’t mean that one have to fabricate unfounded and
The last time I checked Foni bigot the unusual as a bitter
confrontation between the peaceful protesters and Senegalese soldiers at the
entrance of the village letting to bloodshed. Residents of the rural settlement
and the Foni environs demanded the immediate evacuation of both the Gambian and
Senegalese soldiers in Kanilai. The protesters were shot on their route to Kanfenda
leading to some civilians sustaining injuries and death of one civilian by name
Mr. Haruna Jatta who was later laid to rest on the 6th June, 2017.
It was narrated that the ECOMIG soldiers from Senegal were informed
to shoot the protesters as they are rebels from Cassamance? If that is true
then it is complete ridiculousness to allow any nation, regardless of the
external generosity to fight their enemy within your land, and knowing very
well and with supreme belief that the aftermath can be life threatening.
Many will asked this question. Why the heavy deployment of soldiers
in one part of the country concisely Foni stuck in the minds of most Gambians?
To protest again external forces is not a crime as it happened in Congo, Haiti
and many more. In Senegal the last time I checked the number of protest
occurred is uncountable but none of the protesters were shot to death with a
life bullet. But why on the Fonika’s? Also if protesters were armed with
weapons as claimed by the then minister of Interior Mai Fatty. How come only
civilians were injured and killed?
“The Gambia’s new government has accused supporters of the former
president, Yahya Jammeh, of welcoming foreign rebels into their homes in an
attempt to destabilise the country”.(The guardian,
Presumption of innocence is under Section 24 (3) of the 1997 Constitution.
Besides Foni is not the problem but people who prevailed on former President to
subvert the will of the Gambian people are the problem. One cannot use Foni to
prevail the hearts of the new leadership with the excuse of cajoling for peace.Foni should not and cannot be a prolific ground for anyone to
rejuvenate his or her political ambitions. We the Fonika’s will take the lead
and government must recognize that. Strangers cannot be talking to our people
as if we the Foninka’s do not have what it takes to resolve whatever
misconceptions or perceptions that exist.
In 2006, there exists a bilateral agreement between the President
of Senegal, then Abdoulie Wade and the rebel group with the object of laying
down arms and join together to form one great Senegal. But then, some of the
rebels thought it wasn’t a great idea to abide by the proposal brought forward
by the Senegalese government which led to division among the rebel groups as
they have different aims and objectives in the struggle. Those various divided
groups were led by Sirlif Sarjo, Kamugai Jatta, and Paul Sambou etc. But among
all groups, the one led by Sirlif Sarjo became the strongest group with the
strongest motive of leading Cassamance to independence at all cost resulting to
war for decades. Sirlif became the headache of the Senegalese since he stands firm
and mastermind the revolution that is still fighting for the liberation of
Cassamance with his rebel group, Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance
Sirlif is a reasonable man who drew my attention the day he
released about eleven arrested Senegalese soldiers during the brutal invasion.
The event was then witnessed by the Gambian government under the leadership of former
President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh and Amnesty International. He spoke at length
about the purpose of their existence claiming that the Senegalese government
only sent the natives of Cassamance residing in the Senegalese forces to invade
Cassamance resulting to brothers picking up arms and fighting against each
other. Sirlif further stated that since the rebellion was formed, known of the
international Medias went to Cassamance to ask about what conspired between
them and the Senegalese people but rather depends on the information provided
by the Senegalese which he strongly advocated that would not end the war in
Cassamance. He also opened rooms for dialogue to end the long existing chaos
that Cassamance is subjected to for decades.
The real trick to good governance is to place the needs of the
masses above everything else; to lead not just with words but with action.
Actions define priorities. It’s the only way politicians can successfully bring
us the long sought dividend of democracy. It is time for all Africans to come
up with tangible solutions in order to safe Cassamance. What this tomorrow
looks like depends on our action today. And by using our voices on paper,
exercising our power and demanding action through nonviolence can help restore
peace in Cassamance. NOW!!
Please be informed that the President of the Republic of The
Gambia has a very demanding job. The 1997 Constitution outlines many roles and responsibilities
that a President need to execute in making The Gambia the last place of hope on
earth. This role requires a president to be an inspiring example for the Gambian
people and stands for the highest values and ideals of the country.
Presidency is the action of leading people in a country
towards achieving goals and objectives. The President of the state do this by
influencing his citizenry behaviors in several ways through setting up a clear
vision for the country. According to the idea of transformational leadership,
an effective leader is a person who does the following; creates an inspiring
vision of the future, motivates and inspires people to engage with that vision.
The last time I checked your administration have lost touch
with the people of The Gambia and have lost ability to maintain order, command
and respect for the rule of law.This is
leading people to take the law into their own hands. With weak governance, and
lack of education and leadership some Gambian people have misinterpreted the
notion of democracy as having the freedom and right to act as they please
without due regard for others.
It is one year now your administration is yet to demonstrate
any leadership or clear direction.This
is believed to be an oversight due to your lack of familiarity and
understanding of the existing constitution.To my information the ministerial position for Defense also remains
unfilled and has therefore been attached to the office of the President?Is it to be assumed therefore that Barrow
occupies the roles of President; Commander in Chief and Defense Minister at the
same time? To date there is lack of clarity over this issue.
I submit to you that education is widely regarded as
essential to economic growth, national development and overall prosperity. In
The Gambia, education is valued very highly and theoretically given a high
priority. Strangely enough, however, the teachers responsible for educating
Gambia’s youngsters are not valued that extremely as expected compared to other
jobs. Considering the rapid increase of goods and services, you would think
that teachers would be among the highest paid professionals. Yet teachers are
compensated unreasonably to their advanced education levels and are disrespected
by many people.
If the salary for teachers were higher, then more people
would want to join the profession. With more competition for teaching, the best
people would be the ones who are ultimately to be hired. With better teachers
at schools, more students would hopefully connect with what they are learning
and want to go on to a higher education. With more education, graduates from
the University of The Gambia would be better prepared to go out as far beyond Fatoto.
However, if we want to have a better educational system where
students learn to develop themselves and strive hard to learn the values of
life, we must focus our energy and resources on transforming the University of
The Gambia and The Gambia College for good where it all began.
The Gambia has a big youthful population, majority of whom
are poor, uneducated and are unemployed. Most of these youth have resorted to
drug abuse causing high prevalence rate of mental illnesses. The female youth
resort to prostitution as a quick way of earning money for a leaving.
To realize the dividend, your administration must invest in
the empowerment, education and employment of her young people. There are
thousands of young people in The Gambia today, representing a staggering amount
of human potential. Yet too many of them are trapped in poverty, with few
opportunities to learn or to earn a decent standard living.
Furthermore, your administration should consider steps to
effectively integrate youth in political processes by taking advantage of new
technologies. It is clear that we need to find another way forward.
Politicians, decision-making institutions and influencers must engage in more
open and transparent dialogue with young people that both elevates their voices
and builds the trustworthiness of the institutions they engage with
The Gambia Youth are well energetic in performing their tasks
and would be key to the growth and development of the nation. They are also
well aware of the technological advancement such as various app which makes
work easier. The youth should be given the opportunity to prove themselves by
making politics accessible to them.