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President Barrow promises economic progress, others

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  By Alimatou S Bajinka And Amadou Manjang President Adama Barrow has renewed his government promises towards improving the economic status quo of the country.  He made these remarks yesterday at the Independent Stadium, as he was sworn into office for the next five years after his landslide victory in the December 4th presidential election. The ceremony was attended by many African Head of States, government dignitaries and party supportes. He said Gambian people entrusted him with another mandate to continue his development plans for the country. He stated that in the next five years, his government will acccelerate the economic growth of the country.  “The focus now is centred on economic development” he said. President Barrow praised his government for registering significant strides during his first five years into office. “To cite examples, most of the construction works of the targeted eight hundred kilometre, Primary Road Network, and South Banks have been completed. My adminis

Opinion| Adieu Pa Modou Faal: A man of peace in a world of evil

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    By Sheriff Saidykhan When people of great virtures left the face of the earth, many people reminded themselves of the indelible footprints they left behind as a recollection of daily reminder for admiration at all times.  Gambia’s long serving journalist Pa Modou Faal, has now joined the ranks of the departed souls. The good virtures of Pa Modou Faal, cannot be understated.  He was a cool collected journalist. Loved by his colleaques for his ardent fight for media freedom during the ruthless dictatorship of former president Jammeh. A graet humanist and a strong desciple of Allah has left us too soon. The many good deeds of Pa Modou, cannot be chronicle in one book. One of the fascinating things about Pa was that, every morning after the Fajr prayers at the Masjid. He will hold a prayer beat to be in the remembrance of Allah, by calling his great names on his way to work. A brother, father, colleaque and a figure of the enlightment. Pa, has contributed his immense quotas towards the

GPU mourns the demised of two journalists

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By Sheriff Saidykhan The Gambia Press Union (GPU) mourned the demised of two Gambian journalists. According to health officials the two late journalists were involved in a fatal car accident around Lower River Region (LRR) last night.  Muhammad S Bah, President of Gambia Press Union eulogised the late duo saying their demised was devastating. “A very devastating news to hear the demise of our two colleagues and brothers. Pa Modou served the GPU in several boards including the Sheriff Bojang jnr executive. I pray to Allah to grant them Jannah. My condolences to everyone in the media fraternity and the families as well” he decried.  Pa Modou Faal started working with The Independent Newspaper in 2001. He was also the founder of Association of Health Journalists in The Gambia. Musa Ndow, was a onetime executive member of Young Journalists' Association of The Gambia (YJAG).   This medium has reliably been informed that the late Pa Modou Faal, will be laid to rest today at 5pm in Lamin.

COVID-19 leaves Floricultural sector in shambles

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  By Alimatou S Bajinka Floricultural sector has been one of the hardest hit sectors amid covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic poses trickle-down effects on the sector which leads many businesses struggling with low income at the end of the day.  Floriculture is the growing of flowers, and its sector has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. This reporter went out and about at the Bertil Harding Highway to look into the constraints of some vendors, and assessed the impact of COVID-19 on Floricultural sector.  Modou Keita, a vendor who sells flowers at the Bertil Harding Highway, stated the impact of COVID-19 on his business.  “Corona has truly affected my business, the flowers we sell are mostly purchased by the tourists, and hotel owners, so most of the hotels are no more operating, which leads to the low sales of my produce, it’s like in every 100 if we were earning 90 before we are currently earning just 20, in a 100, that is how bad the COVID affected my business” he said. An anonymou

Opinion| Saul Saidykhan offers his insights into Gambian politics and the TRRC report, described as “Lack of ethics” stupid!

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  By Saul Saidykhan Paul Begala and James Carville saved Americans from the countless TV Talking Heads by capturing the essence of the 1992 presidential contest between Bill Clinton and then President Bush I in the now famous phrase: “ It’s the economy, Stupid”!  The Gambia’s TRRC submitted it’s report and Recommendations to the president several weeks ago. Like most, I’m yet to find the time to read the report. But I’ve looked at the Recommendations. One particular recommendation jumped at me:  “Reviving (the inter/intra-ethnic and regional) Joking Relationships of yore to defuse social tensions and prevent conflict.  At first glance, this is a great idea except the Joking Relationships never died! Even in the darkest period of our recent past, the Fulani bantered with the Jola, just as the Sarahule did with the Mandinka, the Nuiminka with the Jarranka, the Baddibunka with the Sarahule, the Jammeh with the Darbo, etc.  In fact, this was not only a survival tactic many deftly used to e

Breaking: Victim Center to translate TRRC report into four national languages

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  By Amadou Manjang The Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations is currently working on towards translating the report and recommendation of the Truth, Commission into Mandinka, Wollof, Fula and Jola. The aim and objective of the report is geared towards helping the general public to understand the Commission's report and recommendations for Gambians’ to take ownership of the accountability process of the country. Sheriff Kijera, the Chairman of the Center stated that the translation will be both available in electronic media and outreach sensitization to inform the general public about the report. He made these remarks during an interview with The Outpost recently, at the Victim Center in Brusubi. He said the Truth Commission and the Center are working in tandem with international Coalition of Sight of Conscience to translate the report. “People need to understand what is in the TRRC report, because there should be a public ownership of the process to hold the governm

“We were expecting Omicron Virus” - says Modou Njai

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   By Alimatou S Bajinka Modou Njai, the Director of Health Promotion and Education at the Ministry of Health, said the country was expecting to have cases of  the Omicron variant.  He made these remarks in an interview with The Outpost on Tuesday 11th January 2022, at his office in Kotu.    “We were expecting to have cases of Omicron variant” said Modou Njai.  The new Omicron variant he said, has been first detected by his Ministry in other African countries.  He said his Ministry have confirmed 26 cases of the Omnicron variant in the country. “As long as it was in the nearby countries we knew we wont escaped. We stood our grounds and began preparing for it. Recently after various sequences we were able detect 26 cases” he concluded.