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GOOD MORNING MR. PRESIDENT: Gambia- Senegal relationship

Feb 24, 2020, 12:28 PM

Mr. President, the past two months have been very difficult for travellers going to and from Senegal as the Senegalese drivers refused Gambian vehicles from entering Senegal.

It is very sad that once again we are raising the issue of transportation between The Gambia -Senegal which should have been a thing of the past by now, looking at the relationship between the two countries and their presidents.

Mr. President for the past 35 years, the Senegalese transport Union at all times cause problems between them and their Gambian counterparts.

They are not honouring the ECOWAS protocol which states free movement of people and goods, as well as the agreement you signed in 2018 with your Senegalese counterpart which also stated free movement of people and goods and transporters to do their work without hindrance.

Why is the Senegalese transport union not giving equal treatment to their Gambian counterparts as they do with their colleagues from other countries in the subregion. For example they do not give problem to drivers from Mali, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry but Gambian drivers are always facing problem with them.

Mr. President, This cannot continue as Senegal and The Gambia are supposed to live in harmony. We are so much related in blood and the relationship is special. We are like a room and a parlor, and we should be role models in Africa.

A group of individuals should not be allowed to jeopardise the cordial relations between the two countries.

Mr. President, it is a good move that you sent a ministerial delegation that will have talks today with their Senegalese counterparts to solve this border issue once and for all.

Senegalese government should talk to their transport union and drivers to know the root cause of this problem as the Senegalese Transport Union president denies being responsible for this act. Let them make sure that this is not repeated in the near future or ever.

Finally Mr. President the international community namely: EU, African Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank all pledged on 21 May 2018 in Brussels 1.7 billion US dollars and EU pledged 140 million grants respectively. The funds pledged were to help cover the identified needs for donor support in the country’s 2018- 2021 National Development plan.

Mr. President, it will be best if the Gambians are informed of how much have been received so far  and how it was spent for the sake of transparency.

Good day!