DAILY BRIEFING JUNE 27 – 2016

Daily Briefing over The Gambia Inquirer with me Alhagie Fatty, in Banjul June 27th 2016

Department of Social Welfare engages children and members of the National Assembly in Banjul in their quest to end Child marriage.

During Eid periods, most tailors would spend day and night at their workshops because of the high quantity of new cloths they have to sew.

Gambian sprinter Adama Jammeh and Gina Bass has secure qualification to Rio 2016.

Department of Social Welfare engages children and members of the National Assembly in Banjul in their quest to end Child marriage.

Speaking at the occasion, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Abdoulie Bojang, described the dialogue as timely, noting that Lawmakers would go back to their constituencies to relate messages of early child marriage with the electorates.

He commended the First Lady for championing the cause of Gambian children through her Operation Save the Children Foundation.

The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Fatou Mbye, said there are lots of harmful effects associated with child marriage which needs to be looked at because it can cause health complications for victims of the practice.

The Director of Social Welfare, Fanta Bai Secka, said some of the children are being abused by their own families. She called on National Assembly members to address the issue as a development issue.

Urging Gambian men to take the issue of child marriage seriously, she further urged National Assembly members to embark on vigorous sensitisations in their constituencies to end the practice.

Hon. Seedy Njie, a Nominated Member, said government has put in place the right legal instruments to protect children, citing the 2005 Children’s Act as an example. He added that the National Assembly would continue to support the empowerment of children in the country.

Hon. Bafaye Saidykhan, Member for Jarra East Constituency, said child marriage has negative effects towards the child. He called on people to change their attitude towards this practice.

At the end of dialogue, two victims of child marriage shared their stories with National Assembly members.

It is that time of the year again when everyone, mainly women, would throng tailoring shops in order to get the best outfit, ‘Mbobi Juli’ or ‘sali dendiko’ for the Koriteh celebrations.

During Eid periods, most tailors would spend day and night at their workshops because of the high quantity of new cloths they have to sew.

One such place is the Serrekunda Market where you would hardly distinguish between the day and night these days due to the high traffic of people and goods.

Speaking in an interview, Pa Modou Sarr, who has over two decades of experience in tailoring said he finds it hard to get sleep these days because of the amount of cloths he has accepted from customers, which has to be ready before the Eid prayer.

He lamented that most of the times, what makes their work difficult is people coming with multiple cloths, requesting different designs, which are sometimes complicated to sew, with some even showing up with as many as six pieces

Gambian sprinter Adama Jammeh and Gina Bass has secure qualification to Rio 2016. Adama Jammeh breaks his personal records and set new national record as well, clocking 20:45.
Gina Bass have also made another history with another new timing when she ran in the finals of the African seniors for the first time.

Earlier on Faye Njie also secures a place for Judo competition and he is the sole rep for the Gambia in that category.  Fingers cross for team G in the upcoming Rio 2016.

And with that we end this edition of Daily Briefing over the Gambia inquirer I am Alhagie Fatty thanks for following us.DailyBriefing

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