#Headlines

Gov’t extends largess to non- government-funded Gambian students

Jul 13, 2020, 11:43 AM

In the wake of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, The Gambia government has come up with a stimulus package to support non- government-funded Gambian students studying abroad. This package is to support students’ feeding and sustenance during this period.

In light of the foregoing, the Ministry has paid the sum of D 12, 915,880 towards this package, and a total of 836 students with $300 as a one-off payment in different parts of the world. Amounting to US$ 250,800 US dollars, The Ministry of Higher Education in consultation with the various missions abroad has developed a template bearing the name of the student, programme of study, email address and matriculation number, in some instances, their immigration status into consideration.

There are 1,243 students who are yet to receive the said package as the Ministry awaits the allocation of funds. This is subject to the approval of the SAP by the National Assembly. This will translate to an amount of US$ 372,900.

Because of the COVID-19 situation, the Ministry was able to fast track the payment of the students’ annual top-up stipend for the academic year 2019/2020 amounting to some D16, 223,917 for (321 students) equivalent to (US$ 317,680.00).

The said students are the ones who have gone through the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science, and Technology through Bilateral Cooperation and are not supposed to benefit from the COVID-19 support. These are students in Morocco, Sudan, Cuba, Russia, India, Tunisia, and Turkey.

Source: Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology

Read Other Articles In Headlines
Imam Baba Leigh
Religious leaders react to reopening of mosques & churches
Jun 5, 2020, 12:09 PM

Religious leaders have reacted to the reopening of mosques and churches, a development announced by government to ease restrictions on covid-19, welcoming it as a good idea.

Hamat Bah
‘Gambia’s domestic tourism is still zero’
Jun 5, 2020, 11:03 AM

Hamat Bah, the minister of Tourism and Culture has emphasised the need for domestic tourism in the country, arguing that The Gambia position in terms of domestic tourism still remains zero.

Ambassador Sene
President Sall’s decision to be strongly fulfilled
Apr 20, 2020, 12:47 PM

Senegalese ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia, Hon. Bassirou Sene, says that President Macky Sall’s declaration to assist the Diaspora will be strongly fulfilled and therefore urged Senegalese residing in The Gambia to stay calm.

Disabilities
UK organisation donates D30,000 to Gambia PWD federation
May 7, 2020, 11:25 AM

The Gambia’s Federation of Persons with Disabilities (PFPWD) has received D30,000 donation from The Manchester Gambia support network, a charitable organisation in the UK, amid the coranavirus pandemic

John Coker
Gambian police officer dies of covid-19 in U.K.
Apr 21, 2020, 12:05 PM

A serving London detective from the British Transport Police has tragically died following symptoms of coronavirus.

Lamin Sowe
Prisons commissioner admits unlawful actions at Mile 2
Jun 11, 2020, 11:52 AM

Commissioner of Operations at The Gambia Prisons Service, Lamin Sowe on Tuesday told the Truth Reconciliations and Reparations Commission how the former regime used to detain opponents or suspects unlawfully at the State Central Prisons.

Sanjally Trawally
Gambia registers 1 more imported covid-19 case
May 19, 2020, 1:17 PM

The deputy director of Health Promotion at the Ministry of Health Sanjally Trawally yesterday told press officers that The Gambia has registered another imported covid-19 case.

Jammeh and Sheriff Kijera
‘Jammeh’s perpetrators hijack Gambia’s reforms agenda
Jul 6, 2020, 1:05 PM

Sheriff Kijera, chairman of Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Right Violation has claimed that the country’s reform agenda is being hijacked by enablers of former President Yahya Jammeh.