Jul 30, 2021, 12:40 PM
It is forty years down the lane when The Gambia experienced a last longer coup in which 1000 Gambians were killed and properties worth over $5 million lost to looters and arsonists.
UTG like its sister higher learning institutions have relaxed some of their restrictions after the lifting of the State of Public Emergency by government recently to allow students and other people to have access to the learning institutions.
However, as the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases continues, the higher education ministry deemed it necessary to have the places shut to prevent the spread of the virus and protect staff and students in those institutions.
The closure has been extended to The Gambia College, Gambia Training and Technical Institute GTTI and Management and Development Institute MDI.
An email seen by The Point Newspaper states, “given the dramatic surge in Covid-19 infections, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology has ordered for the closure of UTG, Gambia College, MDI and GTTI effective immediately.”
The surge of Covid-19 cases in The Gambia had been predicted by health experts as people fail to adhere to WHO and Ministry of Health guidelines.
This prediction is gradually coming to pass as the country is running out of means to control the pandemic.
President Adama Barrow is in self-isolation after vice president Dr Isatou Touray tested positive last week.
Recently three other cabinet ministers have also tested positive bringing to 4 the number of cabinet members who have tested positive for Covid-19.
As of Friday 31st July 2020, The Gambia has a total of 498 confirmed cases of Covid-19, 95 new cases and 9 deaths.
Mawlud Faal of The Gambia Police Force (GPF) and Ousman Jallow of the State Intelligence Service (SIS) yesterday testified before the TRRC, giving recollections of their knowledge on the arrest and detention of about 52 West African migrants who were stranded in the country on 22 July 2005.
Lamin Darboe, the second prosecution witness in the case involving Bakary Sarr, Assistant Bailiff at the High Court in Banjul, who was charged with obtaining money by false pretence and fraud, on the 7th October, 2021, testified before Principal Magistrate Isatou Janneh-Njie of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has announced the expulsion of Hon. Fatoumata Njie alias as Tuma Njie for what the party called violating article 32.2, 32.3, and 32.4 respectively of the PPP constitution which “provides for the disciplinary actions against a member whose behaviour brings the Party into disrepute or which manifests a flagrant violation of the moral integrity expected of members or conduct unbecoming that of a member;”