Reopening of land borders!

Oct 14, 2020, 10:41 AM

The closure of borders between The Gambia and Senegal has impacted negatively thus amounting to huge economic losses in both countries economies.

It was in late March when the two countries closed its borders as part of measures to stem the rise of coronavirus in both countries. This has caused hardship and challenges to many businessmen and even travelers in these countries.

The Gambia is getting prepared for the reopening of its borders planned for this Thursday. Many welcome this development as they prepare to continue their daily activities across the two country’s borders.

For far too long, Ecowas has been advocating pushing for a borderless region and accelerating socio-economic development in the region. We all know that sustainable development can hardly be attained without regional integration.

And that requires collective action by all community members. ECOWAS all this years has been advocating for economic cooperation and regional integration for accelerated development in the region.

After almost five months of closure, many Gambians have called on the government to open the land border while enforcing the Health Ministry and WHO guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Traveling across the two country’s borders is a daily routine for many businessmen and even travelers.

When the pandemic strike, this activity has been badly affected and what many have been long anticipating for is when the borders will be reopened.

Therefore, reopening of borders is not only a long overdue but a welcome development. For a very long time ECOWAS has been stepping up efforts to create a ‘borderless, peaceful, prosperous and cohesive region’, where people have the capacity to access and harness its enormous resources through the creation of the opportunities for sustainable development and environmental preservation. This will be an elusive dream as our borders remain close.

Now as borders reopen let’s adhere to World Health Organisation and Ministry of Health’s safety precautionary measures to stay safe. Let’s remember that safeguarding and ensuring healthy nation starts with oneself.

Read Other Articles In Editorial
On outbreak Marburg virus!
Jul 22, 2022, 10:54 AM

Timely response in situation of disease outbreak is key in minimising its impact, thereby protecting the populace.

Good Morning Mr. President: Sahelian countries should pay attention to security
Apr 26, 2021, 10:42 AM

Mr. President, it is very essential that we cast our minds to what is happening in Chad, a centrally located country in the Sahel region of north-east Africa, where President Idriss Deby, who took control of Chad in an armed rebellion in 1990 died from battle wounds in the war against the rebel Force for Change and Concord in Chad (Fact).

UN report says282 million face malnutrition in Africa  
Aug 27, 2021, 10:36 AM

There was a dramatic worsening of world hunger in 2020, a new report from the United Nation says. According to the report, much of the global hunger was likely related to the fallout of the pandemic.

Mr. President: On change of power, ‘Tobaski’ rams & oil spill
Jun 6, 2022, 10:49 AM

Mr. President, during the recently concluded AU Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, African Presidents discussed unconstitutional change of power and how to eliminate terrorism especially in West Africa where the jihadists have extended their strength.