Apr 22, 2020, 1:36 PM
He disclosed that the project came through the Department of Water Resources under his Ministry and secured from the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JIVA).
The project, he noted is in line with their quest to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water, a goal of the National Development Plan 2018-2021. “The 20 solar-powered facilities will provide sustainable supply of safe and quality drinking water in the rural areas”.
The minister further disclosed that his ministry through the Department of Water Resources is currently implementing two projects namely: Climate Smart Rural WASH Development (CSRWASH), funded by African Development Bank Group (AFDB); and the Saudi Sahel Project Phase V (SSP V), funded by the Saudi Fund, meant to provide access to safe and quality drinking water to the communities including a solar-powered water supply system to the community of Baraji Kunda.
In response to a question about the Senegalo-Gambian Fisheries Agreement, Minister Gomez explained: "It started since the First Republic and was ratified by parliament during that era; subsequent years only witnessed reviews and renewals of its governing protocols. In December, 2014, The Gambia unilaterally revoked it without proper procedure until in March 2017 when it was restored before the National Assembly elections in that year”.
By Fatou B. Cham, Information Officer, Ministry of Fisheries
Information has reached to The Point that despite the official closure of The Gambia’s borders with neighbouring Senegal, many still continue travelling through Kerr Jaing village in the Lower Niumi District to get in and out of the two countries.
Dr. Momodou Tangara, the minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad has recently disclosed to parliamentarians that as a result of the intensity and rapidity of the spread of covid-19, his Ministry is currently engaging its mission in Washington to appeal to the U.S. authorities based on humanitarian grounds for Gambians who are under the custody of the Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) of the United States of America to be temporarily released until such time the threat of covid-19 has been substantially reduced.
The UK will invest up to £20 million in the African Union’s new ‘African Union Covid-19 Response Fund’ to tackle coronavirus and save lives.