August 18th 2015, Hello and this is daily briefing over the Gambia Inquirer with me Muhammed L Saidykhan in Banjul
US appreciates Gambia’s contribution to combating terror
Kanilai Ward councillor seat up for grab
Child Rights issues brought to the limelight
Area council distributes protective gears to health labourers
The United States government through its embassy in Banjul has extended its appreciation to the Gambia government, for its cooperation and firm stance to the fight against terrorism and its contribution to peacekeeping operations in Africa. The outgoing US Charge d’ Affaires, Joseph D. Stafford, made constructive comments and expressed optimism on the future of US-Gambia relations, as well as commended the Gambia government for its collaboration and commitment.
Charge d’ Affaires Stafford, who left Banjul for the United States yesterday, will be succeeded by another ambassador following the approval of the White House Senate. Asked about the current status of the two countries’ relations, he pointed out “there are challenges, but we are committed to dialogue on the basis of goodwill and we sincerely like to move the relationship forward.” Stafford, who said he cherishes The Gambia and its people, revealed that they are not interested in regime change, but rather interested in a positive dialogue and strengthening relations, which is fundamental towards nation development.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has set Thursday, 17 September 2015 as the date for the by-election to fill the vacant seat of councilor for Kanilai Ward in the Brikama Area Council. The election follows the demise of the erstwhile councilor for the ward, Kebba Bojang. A statement from Election House said nomination of candidates will be held on Thursday, 3 September 2015.
“As a result, nomination forms will be issued out to prospective candidates from Monday, 17 August to Thursday, 3 September 2015,” the statement said. “These forms are free of charge and can be collected from Election House at Bertil Harding Highway or IEC Brikama Regional Office.”
Child Rights issues have again been brought to the limelight thanks to the national screening and children’s forum on the 1-minute junior films on child rights. The event, which took place at the Baobab Holiday Residence in Bijilo on 12 August 2015, was organised by the Young People in the Media (YPM). It was sponsored by UNICEF and supported by the Government of The Gambia, who have all made relentless efforts at ensuring that every Gambian child enjoys all rights and liberties he or she ought to enjoy. The 1-minute junior films deal with several issues negatively affecting children in The Gambia including early marriage, female circumcision, rape, exploitation, discrimination and deprivation among others. The films give a vivid picture of the plights some of these unfortunate children go through, and challenge all and sundry to help make a change.
Kerewan Area Council (KAC) recently distributed protective gears, masks, gloves, raincoats and boots worth D100,000 to revenue collectors and health labourers in the North Bank Region. The items were distributed to health labourers in Essau and Farafenni as well as market revenue collectors in Barra and Farafenni, and revenue collectors and staff at Kerr Pateh village lumo. Speaking to journalists shortly after the distribution exercise, chief executive officer of KAC, Seedy Touray, said the provision of the protective gears is to protect and promote the health and safety of workers. He said KAC values the welfare of workers “that is why the management never relent in ensuring that workers are taken care of” to improve efficiency in service delivery.
. And with that we end this edition of briefing, read by Muhammed L Saidykhan.