• Presidential fiat orders female workers to cover hair

    06/Jan/2016 // 515 Viewers

                 Yahya Jammeh, President of the Islamic Republic of Gambia


    PARIS, JANUARY 6, 2016: (DGW) In what appears like a swift departure from an earlier pronouncement that Muslims in the country will not have special dressing pattern embracing Muslim identity, the Islamic Republic of Gambia  has in a presidential fiat made it mandatory for all female government employees to  have their heads covered in headscarves.

    The President, Yahya Jammeh declared country Islamic Republic about one month ago  thus making the country the second in Africa to be so called after Mauritania.

    This directive was contained in a memo circulated to all ministries and department and no reason was given for the sudden reversal of his earlier stance. Efforts made by our reporter in Banjul to reach officials for comment did not yield any result.

    Gambia's estimated population is 1.8 million with a Muslim majority standing at 95%. Relations with Britain has deteriorated over the years and the declaration of the country  Islamic Republic, reports say, is none other than to distance itself from her former colonial masters and the West. 

    Gambia has recently come under fire for its poor Human Rights records - one of the reasons why monetary aid to the country has been temporarily held, DailyGlobeWatch reliably gathered at the European Union, (EU) headquarters in Brussels.

     

     


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  • GAMBIA: Surprise as BUHARI backpedals, says NIGERIA won't use force on JAMMEH but supports peaceful resolution

    06/Jan/2017 // 14594 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 6, 2017: (DGW) IN what appears as a reversal of Nigeria's earlier position to use military force to oust outgoing President Yayah Jammeh, President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria supports a peaceful resolution to the current political crisis in the Gambia.

    Recall Nigeria's Deputy Senate President, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, had earlier called for a peaceful resolution of the crisis adding that the sovereignty of the Republic of Gambia ought to be respected.

    Buhari while speaking through Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs minister, Geoffery Onyeama, said Nigeria will not use force to prevail on President Yayah Jammeh but still believes that outgoing Jammeh will heed the call to step down. 

    His words: ‘‘We would like to believe that he would listen to the voice of his peers in the sub-region.

    ''And that he will also listen to the voice of his people, but above all he will follow the democratic path. So we are doing everything possible to bring that about,’‘ Onyeama told the News Agency of Nigeria.''

    Jammeh, on his part, has described the resolution of ECOWAS to enforce the results of the last elections as an act of interference in the internal affairs of the group – which is a breach of protocol. He has also dismissed the ECOWAS as being a partial mediator with a one-dimensional position. The group is on record to have said they will send troops into the tiny West African country if the need arises.

     


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  • Breaking News: US advises its citizens to leave The Gambia - BBC reports

    06/Jan/2017 // 2731 Viewers

     

    The US embassy in The Gambia has advised US citizens to leave the country amid tension over whether President Yahya Jammeh will step down later this month, the BBC has been told.
     
    Jeffrey Smith, a Gambia-focused analyst, says the advice was given during a town hall-style meeting with the ambassador earlier today: 
     

     
     
    The Gambia is tense and heading towards a constitutional crisis following the refusal of President Yayha Jammeh to step down after he was defeated in the 1 December election by opposition candidate Amana Barrow. 
     
    Mr Jammeh had initially conceded and congratulated Mr Barrow but he went back on his word by claiming there had been fraud in the election.
     
    His party has since submitted a challenge of the results at the Supreme Court. 
     
    The west African regional body Ecowas has warned that it would use force if Mr Jammeh does not leave office at the end of his term on 18 January. 


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  • ATTEMPTED COUP! State House deserted, President summons military chiefs!

    06/Jan/2017 // 5848 Viewers

     


    There has been a heavy gunfire following a mutiny by soldiers over pay who out of frustration and anger reportedly seized weapons raising serious tension and fear thus forcing people to flee for safety in three cities in Ivory Coast, the BBC reports.

    According to the report, the mutineers seized weapons from two police stations in the country's second city, Bouake, and took up positions at its entry points, according to reports.

    Shooting has also been reported in the cities of Daloa and Korogho.
    President Alassane Ouattara convened a crisis meeting of his military chiefs, as the government entered into talks with the mutineers.

    Defence Minister Alain-Richard Donwah called on troops to return to barracks so that "lasting solutions" could be found, state media reported.
    Mr Ouattara took power in 2011, ending a civil war which lasted for almost a decade.

    Bouake was at the centre of the rebellion to oust Mr Ouattara's predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo, who is on trial at the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes.

    Soldiers armed with AK-47 fired at the offices of the state broadcaster in the city, and had seized control of Bouake's western entrance, a resident, who asked not to be identified, told the BBC.
    A teacher in Bouake, Ami Soro, said the city was deserted, Reuters news agency reports.

    "Men in balaclavas are patrolling the city on motorcycles or in cars. They aren't attacking residents... They told us to stay at home," she is quoted as saying.

    The mutineers have not yet issued an official statement, but the government said their grievances focused on pay, bonuses and promotion prospects.

    "It's a mutiny by former fighters integrated into the army who are demanding bonuses of 5 million CFA francs ($8,000; £6,500) each plus a house," a soldier who asked to remain anonymous told AFP news agency


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  • JUST IN: W'African leaders to meet in Acrra on Saturday, take major decision on Gambia - Says Nigeria's Presidency

    06/Jan/2017 // 1736 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 6, 2016: (DGW) AS efforts continue to find a peaceful resolution to the political logjam in The Gambia, Nigeria’s presidency on Friday disclosed that  a “major decision” would be taken this weekend.
     
    Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu said African leaders would be meeting in Accra, Ghana on Saturday (tomorrow) after the inauguration of Ghana’s new president, Nana Akufo-Addo.
     According to him, “A major decision on the impasse is expected to be taken at that all-important meeting,” Shehu told reporters in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, without elaborating.

    “President Buhari is the chief mediator in the crisis and he is committed to ensuring that the logjam is resolved,” he added.
     
    Recall regional leaders on December 17 called on Jammeh to step down by this month when his term runs out and vowed to take “all necessary action to enforce the results”.
     



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  • LIBERIA: Unexplained cluster of sudden deaths in Liberia - WHO

    06/May/2017 // 778 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MAY 6 , 2017 (DGW) On 25 April 2017, the Ministry of Health of Liberia notified WHO and partners of a cluster of sudden deaths of unknown aetiology in Sinoe County. The event started on 23 April 2017 when an 11-year-old child had been admitted to hospital presenting with diarrhoea, vomiting and mental confusion after attending the funeral of a religious leader on 22 April 2017. The child died within one hour of admission.

    As of 4 May 2017, a total of 28 cases including 12 deaths (case fatality rate: 43 %) were reported. Of those, 26 cases including 10 deaths were reported from Sinoe County, all in persons who had attended the funeral. The other two cases, both fatal, were reported from the capital Monrovia in Montserrado County. The first case in Monrovia had attended the funeral in Sinoe County and presented with fever, headache and vomiting on 27 April 2017. He passed away at a hospital in Monrovia. On 29 April 2017, his partner who did not attend the funeral also became ill and passed away the same day. Investigations are still ongoing.

    To date, a total of 21 specimens have tested negative for Ebola virus disease (EVD) and Lassa fever. Samples from individuals (e.g. blood, urine, rectal swab, and others) and environment, including food samples are being further analyzed and tested.

    Public health response

    The Sinoe County Health Team is coordinating the response with the support of WHO, UNICEF, CDC, Africa Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), and other partners. The Rapid Response Team (RRT) and the Incident Management System are activated for the management of the event.

    Cases from Sinoe are being managed in the local hospital in Greenville, the capital of Sinoe County. The initial investigation was conducted by the RRT and active case search is being implemented in the affected and surrounding communities and among people that attended the funeral. In Montserrado County, a total of 42 individuals who participated in the burial in Greenville on 22 April 2017 are being closely monitored. In addition, close contacts of the two cases that died in Montserrado County are also being closely monitored.

    The National Epidemic Preparedness and Response Committee led by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia has also been activated to support the response. National multidisciplinary teams are deployed to the affected county to provide technical support.

    Surveillance is being strengthened through line-listing of cases, contact identification and follow-up, active case search and collection of food and drink samples for toxicology testing. Attendants of the funeral and contacts have been listed and are under follow-up.

    The laboratory analysis is being strengthened. Water testing from the sources serving the affected areas has been conducted and preliminary results ruled out bacterial contamination. Heavy metal and chemical testing is ongoing. The government has requested WHO, CDC, and MSF to support the process of toxicological testing outside the country. Samples are being sent to different laboratories for additional testing.

    Community engagement is being strengthened, with the support of UNICEF, through mass public awareness, local leaders’ mobilization, and community member sensitization. Infection prevention and control measures are being implemented, namely re-enforcement of hand hygiene practices, water points testing and safe burials.

    WHO risk assessment

    At this stage the overall risk of spread of the event is considerate as low. The event is clustered among the participants of the funeral. In addition, there is a sharp decrease in the number of cases and deaths reported since 25 April 2017. These findings are indicative of a point source of exposure. The possibility of a food/ drink/ water contamination event is being actively investigated and the toxicology laboratory test will help to elaborate this hypothesis. A case-control study to identify possible exposures linked to illness is being conducted.

    The efficient and timely implementation of the response to this event is a result of the expertise developed in Liberia following the large outbreak of EVD in 2014. This led to the quick identification of the event, testing and ruling out EVD as a causative agent, identification of contacts and their follow-up and the ongoing collaboration of the country with partners to perform laboratory testing of human and environmental specimen to identify the disease aetiology.

    WHO advice

    WHO recommends the close follow up of the cases and persons who attended the funeral as well as the reinforcement of hygiene and food safety measures in the affected areas. Additionally, WHO supports the ongoing epidemiological and laboratory investigations to identify the aetiological agent of this cluster of cases to guide additional control measures.

    WHO does not recommend any restriction on travel and trade to Liberia on the basis of the information available on the current event. (reliefweb)


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  • GAMBIA: Controversial plastic rice earlier imported into Nigeria, Liberia, Senegal find its way to Gambia, authorities launch investigations

    06/May/2017 // 864 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MAY 5, 2017: (DGW) THE police in The Gambia and the Department of Food Standard safety have swung into action on a tip-off that the controversial 'plastic rice' earlier found in Nigeria imported from China which as also spread through Liberia, Senegal has also found its way to The Gambia.

    The authorities delve into action as reports kept flying around and upon contact, the alleged importer of the 'plastic rice', Gam Food Trading  a food trading company in the country owned by one Mr Hassan Akar described the reports as nothing but false and unfounded and attributed it to rumour mongers and mischief makers

    The branded name of the 'plastic rice' in question is 'Butter Band' which the Nigerian authorities earlier raised eyebrows over when it was reported to be to have imported into the country by some shrewd businessmen.

    A source privy to the raid told our reporter that investigations are still ongoing.


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  • :- Late Muamar Gadaffi prophesies in retrospect!

    06/Nov/2016 // 640 Viewers

     

    "I will not go into exile to any foreign country. I was born here in Libya, and I will die here. This country was a dessert, and I turned it into a forest, where everything can grow.

    No one Love this land more than its citizens. If Europe and America tell you that they love you, be careful. They love the wealth of your land. The oil and not the people. They are helping you to fight against me but, it will be  wiser for you to fight against them because they are fighting against your future and progress.

    My message to you the people of Libya is, they are helping you to kill me but you will pay the price because you will suffer. And my message to you America and Europe is, you will kill me, but be ready to fight a never ending TERRORISM.

    Before you realize your ignorance, terrorists will be hitting you at your doorstep."

    GADDAFI once told the Nigerian and British governments to divide Nigeria into two, so that the Hausa/Fulani (Moslems), Yoruba (Christians) and Biafrans/Igbo, can live as neighboring countries.

    It's good we look at these 16 REAL REASONS WHY COL. GADDAFI WAS KILLED:

    1. There is no electricity bill in Libya, electricity is free for all its citizens.

    2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens are at a 0% interest by law.

    3. Home is considered a human right in Libya. Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a
    home.

    4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinars (US$50,000) from the government to buy their first apartment.

    5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi, only 25% of Libyans were literates. Today, the figure stands at 83%.

    6. Libyans taking up farming as a career, they received farm land, a farming house, equipment, seeds and livestock to kick- start their farms – all for free.

    7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they needed in Libya, the government funded them to go abroad for it.

    8. In Gaddafi's Libya, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.

    9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0. 14 per liter.

    10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.

    11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation, the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.

    12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.

    13. A mother who gave birth to a child under Gaddafi received US $5,000 as child benefit upfront.

    14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15

    15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree

    16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man- Made River Project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.

    If this is called "Dictatorship", I wonder what type of Leadership Democrats have!!

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  • West African leaders jittery as IMF says Nigeria’s economic crisis may spill to the sub-region

    06/Oct/2016 // 327 Viewers

     

    The International Monetary Fund has warned that the current economic crisis in Nigeria may spill over to the rest of West Africa with negative consequences.

    It also raised the alarm that Nigeria was spending too much of her revenue to service debts, noting that this was not sustainable.

    The Assistant Director and Head of Fiscal Policy and Surveillance Division, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF, Catherine Pattillo; and the Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF, Vitor Gaspar, said this on Wednesday at a press conference on the IMF Fiscal Monitoring Report as part of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings in Washington DC, United States.

    They insisted that the fact that about 45 per cent of the Federal Government’s revenue was being paid as interest on the nation’s debt was a worrying development.

    Pattillo said, “The slump in oil production and slow growth have created challenges for Nigeria. But one statistic that is quite striking to me is that the debt profile is weakening and the interest account payment is more than 45 per cent of the Federal Government’s revenue. The priority is a big challenge.

    “On the fiscal side, the important priority should be in safeguarding fiscal sustainability, which means, importantly to increase non-oil revenues and implement an independent price-setting mechanism that minimises fuel subsidy. So, these are two priorities, while also of course, improving public service delivery so that citizens can see the benefits of good governance and services financed by the government.

    “So, these are the challenges. As you know, Nigeria is a very important economy in the African region and its success has positive spill over for the region, particularly in West Africa, and its challenges create difficulties for its neighbours.”

    On his part, Gaspar said, “Message number one is that if you look at the global debt and deficit landscape in the world, you’ll see that the countries that have the highest public sector deficit are oil exporters; Nigeria is in debt and it is a country much hit by very low oil prices.

    “That is a general message because it applies to oil exporters in general; the group of oil exporters have shared some characteristics.

    “The most important point, in my view, is that for countries in sub-Saharan Africa to deliver on the SDGs, the key challenge is the building up of revenue mobilisation capacity through tax capacity building; that’s a key priority.”

    He added, “These countries must improve their capacities to raise revenue, and why is that so? Because there is such need in term of public infrastructure, there is such need in terms of public education; there is such need in terms of health.

    “For these group of countries, public finance/fiscal policy is part of the overall development strategy, and in that, tax capacity is a fundamental cornerstone.”

    Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has condemned multilateral funding agencies and Western nations for blocking an attempt by Nigeria to generate electricity from coal on the excuse that the project is not ‘green’.

    She said this at the ongoing annual meetings of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, United States of America on Wednesday.

    According to her, it is hypocritical to block the project at a time Nigeria needs power most.

    Although Adeosun did not give details of the project, she said it was blocked because of its likely contribution to carbon emission, but noted that most developed countries still relied on coal as a means of generating electricity.

    The minister, who spoke on infrastructure funding for Africa, said, “I think there is a need for consistency around bankable projects that can attract investments. Yes, we do need macroeconomic stability. We also do need consistency of policies by the multilateral institutions and Western countries.

    “Let me give you an example. In Nigeria, we have coal and there is power inadequacy. It doesn’t take a genius to work out what it will take to get coal-fired power. Yet, we are being blocked. I think there is some hypocrisy in that. We have an entire Western industrialisation that was built on coal-fired energy and that is the competitive advantage that has been used to develop Britain, where I grew up. Now, Africa wants to do it, and they are saying it’s not green, we can’t do it and that we should go and do solar and wind, which are the most expensive power projects in the world.

    “Yes, we are going to have the narrative around infrastructure; we must invest in infrastructure, but we must also make sure the playing field is level. The West, after polluting the atmosphere for 100 years, and when Africa wants to explore its resources, they say no.

    “Yes, we would come up with bankable projects and we would behave ourselves, but I think we also need to be firm.”


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  • : VIDEO: Nigeria's Nobel Laureate, WOLE SOYINKA blasts outgoing PRESIDENT YAHYA JAMMEH over reign of terror in the Gambia

    07/Dec/2016 // 1465 Viewers

     

    PARIS, DECEMBER 7, 2016: Nigeria's Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has lambasted President Buhari of Nigeria for sending a congratulatory message to Gambia's outgoing President Yahya Jammeh who he described as  Gambia's "lunatic, petty, little dictator Yahya Jammeh."

    Earlier President Buhari had saluted  the Gambian leader for the  spirit of statesmanship displayed  by conceding defeat in the country’s December 1 presidential election.

    In a swift reaction on Monday, the Nobel Laureate  during a press conference at Freedom Park in Lagos, Nigeria  said: "When we're busy chasing shadows all over the place, President Buhari is congratulating the president-elect (referring to out-going president Jammeh) of Gambia, that sit tight lunatic, who makes his citizens undergo hallucinogenic test to prove that they are not witches on his farm. One of the most brutal dictators on the African continent."

    "Please help me beg president Buhari. I don't say he shouldn't congratulate Trump. There's no way one can avoid Trump, but you can avoid little petty little dictators like Jammeh in Gambia, who is the opposite of everything one expects of a true African leader towards his or her citizens. Please President Buhari, restricts yourself to those you absolutely have to congratulate."

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