#Headlines

2nd phase beneficiaries of Senegalese gov’t assistance to receive 50,000 CFA each

May 15, 2020, 11:47 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Senegalese ambassador to The Gambia, Hon. Bassirou Sene has confirmed that each beneficiary of the second phase in The Gambia will receive 50,000 CFA from the Senegalese government as assistance to the Diaspora.

It could be recalled that Senegalese president Macky Sall allocated 12 and a half billion CFA to the Diaspora.

Ambassador Sene, who was speaking at a press briefing held at the embassy’s conference hall on Wednesday, added that 100 million CFA was initially allocated to those in The Gambia but on Wednesday they received an additional 25 million CFA.

He explained that as of Tuesday evening seven thousand, three hundred Senegalese had registered online for the assistance, but added that they will begin the payment with the first two thousand online applicants.

He further explained that the first two thousand applicants will be divided into eight groups of two hundred and fifty individuals when being paid to avoid overcrowding at the embassy premises.

The payment he added will be done alphabetically starting with retirees, those in informal sector, those in vulnerable situations, then followed by all others who registered online.

According to him, to receive the assistance all online applicants must produce their national ID Cards, consular cards and wear masks for transparency, accountability and safety purposes respectively.

He highlighted that for transparency purposes the payment selection committee comprises representatives from the embassy, political oppositions and Civil Society Organisations.

He said applicants will be called and given dates and time for pick up of their cash and therefore appealed to those not called not to go to the embassy to ensure the protection of everyone as no one knows who has the virus.

“Fifty thousand CFA is good money but cannot buy us life”, he noted saying the payment of the remaining 5300 applicants will follow when they receive another phase of disbursement from Dakar.

He said they have been informed that people living outside of The Gambia have registered online but added that the committee will identify them.

“We remain grateful to Macky Sall and government for their benevolence, generosity towards Senegalese citizens,” he said.

He also thanked President Barrow and government for their cooperation and hospitality as well as giving them the green light to go ahead with the distribution of the money to beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, the first phase assistance amounting to ten million CFA meant for those on transit as a result of the border closure, those infected by the disease and are receiving medical attention, and families who lost their parents to the disease were each given two hundred and fifty thousand CFA.

Read Other Articles In Headlines
Imam Tafsir Gaye
Imam Tafsir Gaye passes away
Aug 18, 2020, 12:35 PM

Imam Alhaji Muhammed Tafsir Gaye, an erudite Islamic scholar and an inspirational personality answered the call of the Almighty Allah on Sunday and was laid to rest on Monday. He was 85 years old.

Banta Keita Wanted
Court freezes Banta Keita’s accounts as search intensifies
Feb 3, 2021, 12:18 PM

Justice S. Wadda Cisse, a High Court judge in Banjul on Tuesday ordered for the accounts of Banta Keita to be frozen as the search for the suspect.

MoHERST
MoHERST confirms release of stimulus package for non-gov’t funded overseas Gambian students
Oct 16, 2020, 11:52 AM

The Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST) says at the level of the Ministry, payments, amounting to D32, 915, 880 meant to serve as a stimulus package for non-government funded Gambian students studying abroad, had already been effected.

Justice Kumba Sillah Camara
Judge warns against further delay in NIA 9 case
Dec 9, 2020, 12:54 PM

The trial judge in the ongoing criminal case against former director of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and six others on Monday 7 December warned the case should not delay any further.