Basse immigration told to vacate office

Friday, May 24, 2019

The Gambia Immigration Department (GID), Basse Branch has been asked to vacate its office following fresh claims of ownership of the building they are currently occupying.

The Basse immigration has not been at work for more than a week as Sumareh family of Kulari village in URR are claiming ownership of an office they have been occupying since the 90s. The situation has cost the country a huge amount of revenue loss, according to people familiar with the development.  

“The government is losing millions of dalasis due to the closure of the office. I can tell you that Basse GID office records the highest amount of revenue compared with other regional offices in the country,” a person who is briefed on the matter said.

“We generate more than D2, 000,000 million mostly from aliens and other document transactions that non-Gambians are paying. Therefore, closing the office means that the government is losing lot of revenues,” a source that spoke to The Point on the condition of anonymity added.

The Point has been informed that the said office where the GID Basse branch was occupying was sold by the former chief executive officer of Basse Area Council to one of his relatives.

Our source in the region who visited the place said all the senior commands in the region including the commissioner and his deputy among others have left Basse and are currently within the Greater Banjul Area. 

Sellu Bah, the alkalo of Basse confirmed that the land where the immigration is occupying was sold to the Suwareh Kunda family of Kulari since 70s.

“The GID was paying rents for the past years. Let me tell you, I have been working at the Basse Area Council since early 70s, but I can tell you that the said land in question was sold to the Sumareh family,” he told our reporter in an interview.

The spokesperson of the GID, Mamanding Dibba, was contacted earlier to shed more light on the issue. However, he promised to get back to our reporter for comments but he has not at the time of going to press.

The Point learned that the community of Allunhareh has given an empty land to immigration department but it’s still not built.

Author: Momodou Jawo