Apr 17, 2020, 1:49 PM
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Wednesday presented 10 motorbikes to the Ministry of Health as part of their contribution to fight covid-19 pandemic.
The government, he said, needs to do more about the local weekly markets since a great number of the people earn their survival through them thereby promoting inter-trade among local dwellers.
In a recent interview with The Point, Saho acknowledged that the weekly markets also boost the country’s revenue base considering the number of people it attracts both within and outside the country.
"I want to thank President Barrow for considering our plea we made during our debate on Extension of the State of Public Emergency. I have to applaud the president for making a giant decision for the re-opening of mosques and extending the closure of markets to 6.00 p.m.," he added.
According to him, the weekly local markets could also operate under similar strict recommended hygienic standards, saying the Muslim feast of Eidul Adha or locally called Tobaski is just at the corner.
The continuous closure of borders, he observed, if continued without giving people the opportunity to engage in inter-trade at the local lumos, would lead to serious scarcity of rams.
"Whether Senegalese come or not we can still open our lumos for inter-trade to take place, but in the broader aspect both countries should open their borders for trade," he said.
The Central Badibou lawmaker indicated that the weekly markets in NBR such as Fass, Kerr Gain, Ndungu Kebbeh, Kerr Pateh Koreh, Farafenni and Ngain Sanjally contribute greatly towards the livelihood of the rural population and that was the concern raised by the ward councilors and chiefs and even the alkalolu in the area.
As part of measures to enhance social distancing amid coronavirus outbreak, the United Nation Development program (UNDP) in partnership with The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry GCCI) last Thursday donated a new 30-seater mini-bus worth over three million dalasis to The Gambia Prison Services (GPS).
The Gambia has confirmed six new cases of covid-19 on Thursday, making the country’s total number of infections to 55.
Out of the total confirmed cases, The Gambia recorded two deaths so far.
Sheikh Cadi Abdoulie Kanteh, vice president of Rawdatul Majaalis has weighed in on the controversial gay marriage topic in The Gambia, calling on the Muslim Umah to rally against the “shameful practice” in the “strongest terms.”
Dr. Abdoulie Badjan, head of the Department of Pathology at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, yesterday testified before Justice Ebrima Jaiteh of the High Court in Banjul in the murder case involving Yankuba Touray.
As communities across The Gambia struggle to cope with challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the youth of Sittanunku village residing in the diaspora have donated food items and hygienic materials to the vulnerable households. Sittanunku is a village in the North Bank Region.
Marie Sock, a business entrepreneur and aspirant independent candidate for the 2021 presidential election has outlined ambitious plans to transform Gambia into an economic hub if elected into office in the 2021 presidential election.
Deputies at the National Assembly on Tuesday referred the appointment of Rtd. Col. Momodou Ndow Njie and Yusupha Dibba as members of the Armed Forces Council to the Standing Committee on Defence and Security at the parliament for scrutiny.