Monday, May 13, 2019

Mr. President, today is the 8th day of Ramadan and as we continue seeking for Allah’s mercy and forgiveness, may all our prayers be accepted and answered.

Mr. President, the Hajj tickets for this year 2019 is of great concern to the Muslim community in The Gambia with 323,000 dalasis being the fare.

It is observed that The Gambia has the highest price on Hajj ticket throughout Africa, reasons best known to the Hajj operators. Your government needs to intervene and engage these operators to see how best to reduce the prices of Hajj tickets.

Mr. President, you can also subsidies the Hajj as other countries are doing in order to reduce the fare on tickets.

If no action is taken and this trend continues, then the number of Gambian pilgrims to the holy land of Mecca will obviously drop as many people may not afford such amount in the near future. Every year 1700 pilgrims go  to the Hajj.

 Mr. President, it is high time that you address the issue of three or five years as required by the constitution. It is believed that you have your own reasons of changing from three to five years; so kindly address the nation to avoid more unacceptable protests in the country.

The recent protest of a group of people without police permit is unacceptable and shouldn’t be encouraged.

 Mr. President strict measures should be taken against those who want to distabilised this country through any form. The law says who ever want to go to the streets for protests whether peaceful or not should apply for police permit and have guaranty from the police to hold the protest. This should be respected and followed by all groups of people without exception.

We should not allow any Tom, Dick and Harry to bring disturbances within our beloved peaceful country.

We commend UDP and his leader Ousainou Darboe for having the foresight and maturity not to go to the streets for unnecessary political protest and issuing a press release dispelling itself from any imminent protest.

 Finally Mr. President, the Banjul Breweries’ saga which is expected to reach a conclusion today should be treated with great caution.

One must not only look at the one side of the coin. Consider the number of people 200, that will be rendered jobless; some of who are breadwinners of their families.

Will the existing ones alone be able to meet the demands of the general public should in case Banjul Breweries closes down?

Good day!