Oct 27, 2020, 11:44 AM
One Sanna Touray, a native of Salikenne village in the Central Badibou District of the North Bank Region is reported to have committed suicide over the weekend; The Point has been reliably informed.
Mr. Sillah during an interview on West Coast Radio on Tuesday responded to claims that the committee members on each of their sittings were paid the sum of 20, 000.
The Information minister, however, denied these claims, saying: “I can assure you that the Covid-19 Committee headed by the Vice President is never paid any dime.”
“We have never received any money for this. This is a national calling. As ministers we all go there to contribute, strategise, come up with ideas, programmes and policies,” he continued. “But we have never been paid any money, we have never demanded to be paid any money so that has to be made very, very clear,” he emphasised.
On the issue of the Vice President and other ministers who tested positive of Covid-19 being quarantined at the 5-star Coco Ocean Resort, Mr. Sillah claimed not to have any knowledge of where they were quarantined.
He further claimed that even if that was the case, it would not have been done out of segregation, saying all the hotels have the same facilities. However, the host Mr. Gomez was quick to correct him on that notion, putting it to him that Coco Ocean is a superior hotel.
In trying to justify what he claimed not to have any knowledge about, the Information minister went on to say that ministers at quarantine facilities need to be doing their work to keep their ministries functioning.
He said the government has negotiated a flat rate with almost all the hotels that are accommodating people for quarantine to meet the budget.
But it is certainly arguable that the rate at Cocoa Ocean will not be the same judging by its superiority to the rest of the hotels.
A total of 13 West African countries including The Gambia are currently meeting in Burkina Faso with a view to validating the Diagnostic Study on the Movement of Small-scale Cross-border Women Traders in ECOWAS
The 2020 Press Freedom Index of the France-based human rights watchdog, Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF), has confirmed the significant gains The Gambia has so far recorded in advancing media freedoms. Of some 180 countries surveyed in 2020, The Gambia is ranked 85, which is a two-point improvement from 87 in 2020 – a credit The Gambia Government takes.
Washington, May 5 (Prensa Latina) US Religious and Faith Organizations asked in a letter to the Government of President Joe Biden, the lifting of the sanctions imposed by the administration of former President Donald Trump that are still in force.