Saturday, 3 August 2013
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 The public relations officer of the Gambia Police Force (GPF) has lamented the sustained increase in automobile accidents on Gambian roads, stressing the need for traffic regulations to be respected with a view to averting calamities. ASP David Kujabi was speaking to the Daily Observer Monday afternoon.

 
His comments came in the wake of Saturday's fatal accident in the village of Taneneh in Kombo East that claimed the lives of five people, all of them family members from the village of Kiang Nema in the Lower River Region.
Saturday, 3 August 2013
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 This Column is meant to monitor and report on issues that concern the people of the rural area and their development and welfare. In this edition, we bring to the attention of our readers poverty and Finance in the rural areas.

 
RURAL POVERTY AND RURAL FINANCE PROJECT The Gambia is one of Africa's smallest and poorest countries. The 2009 Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme ranked the country 168th of a total of 182 low-income countries. Poverty is widespread, pervasive and predominantly rural. More than 60 per cent of the rural population is classified as poor. Factors such as ethnicity or village size seem to be irrelevant to poverty, which is substantially uniform throughout the country, although pockets of deep poverty exist. These areas are inhabited by one third of Gambia's poor rural population.
Saturday, 3 August 2013
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 When private competition with NAWEC for electricity generation was introduced with the establishment of the Brikama Power Plant, many people expected the supply of electricity to cost less and be more regular. The fact remains that it is becoming more expensive and more irregular. The same goes for Fuel. Gambians were assured that a fuel depot was being established in Mandinaring to ensure the availability of fuel and prevent shortages.

 
This was supposed to stabilise the prices of fuel since it is said to be coming from one source. The fact remains that there has been fuel scarcity at given times which culminated in the rise of fuel prices. This is why Foroyaa did not clap for the Government when it inaugurated a flour mill. We are waiting for the prices of bread to fall and the size and weight to increase without additional cost before we could give applause to a value added initiative.
Saturday, 3 August 2013
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 The chairperson of Babylon village Development Committee (VDC) Mr.Ebou Gaye on Saturday, 27 July told Foroyaa in an interview that they are set for government intervention in their village to conduct investigation on this land matter so that the people of Babylon especially women and children can be free from all attacks and also get their freedom of movement which has been tampered with over the years due to a series of alleged unexpected attacks.

 
Mr. Gaye said that the problem they are facing is unbearable as they have been facing similar attacks even before the recent attack and this is not good for the inhabitants especially the vulnerable ones. He stated: 'These ongoing issues are a concern to our people and as rightful and patriotic citizens of this country, our people are positively ready to share with the Office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) all available information to help him do his investigation in settling this matter.'
Saturday, 3 August 2013
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 Recent remarks by the leader of the opposition National Reconciliation Party (NRP) about the development strides of the Jammeh Administration over the past 19 years has been applauded by a prominent militant of the Ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC).

 
It would be recalled that in the run up to the 19th Anniversary of the July 22nd Revolution, Hamat Bah in his most recent interview with The Point newspaper, acknowledged that the APRC has achieved 'some progress' since it came to power.
 
"One must admit that the APRC has registered great achievements. I will tell you that the APRC has really made some gains in terms of infrastructural development. One must admit that they built some roads, schools and really made some impact," Bah was quoted as saying.
Saturday, 3 August 2013
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 Delegates voted overwhelmingly to adopt a voter list and set August 3 as elections into the GNOC executive bureau but there is still no definite resolution to the impasse over the GNOC voter list after an extra general assembly Saturday, called to determine eligibility of member association to vote in the stalled executive election.

 
At the end of bitter wrangling, characterized by exchanges of hate language, delegates voted to adopt a 24 national association and 3 individual voters list, amid bitter rancor from the opposition national associations who said each association should be scrutinized individually and its eligibility discussed instead of wholesomely considering them to be bona fide members of the GNOC. The opposition led by Presidential aspirant Sheriff Jammeh described the process a farce and vowed to fight the decision to hold elections. 'This is complete violation of the agreement reached between all of and the ministers of Sports and Interior which called for Gambian registered national associations to vote. We are not going to accept it," he warned.