Jun 12, 2020, 12:49 PM
Soriba Condeh, a prisoner at Mile 2 (state central prison) yesterday apologised to Ensa Badjie for lying against him in a court of law. He also aplogised to other Gambians he had offended.
According to the online platform, the decision came into effect Monday 1 June and will be put in to effect for the next six months until something changes.
Tourism Minister Hamat Bah told The Fatu Network he acted ‘responsibly’ as a minister in reaching the decision.
“It’s my power to approve budget and I approved the budget based on no revenue for GTBoard. Tourism is dead. Not one single penny is going to GTBoard, where are they getting it?
“I took certain measures to cut cost. This is taxpayers’ money. I don’t send anybody on redundancy; I don’t send anybody on leave without pay. I said, ‘stay home, you’ll be paid half salary’. You will be paid half salary and park your vehicle. No cost to the board,” Mr Bah said.
“I am acting as a responsible minister. I’m making sure that I save them and save the institution.
“That they are not redundant and the law gives me right to redundant them because they are not getting any revenue. Tourism is dead.”
“The hotels have sent all their staff on redundancy; all the bars have sent their staff on redundancy. Tourism is at ground zero and they are part of the tourism fraternity. Who are they to continue earning full salary when we don’t have the money?”
The Gambia’s Ambassador-at-large in Wales, the United Kingdom, His Excellency Vincent Bootes, on Wednesday 22 April 2020 presented essential food items to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad.
President Adama Barrow has stated that the global covid-19 pandemic impact on employment, government revenue and the subsistence of the people is immensely negative.
The community of Jambanjelly over the weekend engaged in a community service commonly known as ‘tesito’. The self-help project was temporarily designed to avoid the recurrence of last month's flood due to a heavy downpour.