The British Embassy in Banjul in a press release said it is "sending its congratulations to British-Gambian national Gibril Faal, who earlier this year was awarded an OBE for his services to International Development."

The release added: "Mr Faal is chair of the Diaspora organisation, African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) and founder of RemitAid.

"Mr Faal was a university lecturer, and has advised governments, diplomats, policymakers and academics all over the world.

"In 2013, he opened the UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development alongside the UN Secretary General and he is a panel member of the UK Government's Global Poverty Action Fund.

"Gibril was educated at the Gambia High School and his first job was as a trainee Clerk of Court at the Supreme Court of The Gambia.He has been a Justice of the Peace (JP) for over 10 years sitting as a magistrate in London.

"Mr Faal was nominated for his award by the UK Department for International Development."

Drivers lament poor road linking Brikama Garage

Africa » GambiaThursday, September 04, 2014
The grieved commercial vehicle drivers in Brikama Garage have lamented the poor condition of the road that links Castle and the garage.
According to the aggrieved drivers, the 25m road that stretches from the garage to the castle petrol station had been in bad condition for more than 3 years and it had become an economic loss to the drivers that ply the road.
According to a driver who wants to remain anonymous, the road had been a headache for them for more than 3 years and nothing had been done about it.
He said that during the dry season the road becomes unbearable and in rainy season it floods and becomes worst and create a hard passage for the vehicles.
He also said there was no vehicle at the garage that did not pay a butut every day, asking where the money is being used.
They suffer everyday and spend more money on maintenance because the vehicles could not take it, he lamented.
Another driver who also wishes to remain anonymous said they contribute money for the upkeep of the road each day and “those who collect the money give it to the area council so it is the responsibility of the area council to make sure the roads they use is in good shape”.
He said he had spent D3,000 on his vehicle due to the problems of the road.
He said every year the area council would tell them that the road would be rehabilitated after the rainy season but that had never happened, he stated.
Responding to drivers’ complaints, Ansumana Ceesay, vice president of the National Transport Control Association Brikama Chapter, said he had been in the Brikama Garage since 1994 and since the establishment of the garage, the road had been in the same condition for three years.
He said that in these three years they had spent a lot of money to maintain the road in good condition but it was still getting bad.
He added that they all put in money to upkeep the road every year, adding that this year the area council went to meet Gamworks and paid a cheque for more than D900, 000 but they said it had taken them 3 months and that the work would be carried out after August.
According to him, “since the time is far for them and the drivers are suffering”, they decided to look for a contractor to rehabilitate the road temporarily to enable easy passage for drivers.
He said they gave D250,000 to the contractor and he sealed the holes on the road with rocks but it did not last long due to the heavy downpour of rain.
He said the BAC is trying hard to bring the road problem under control and by the end of September they would start working on the road with Gamworks.
Meanwhile, this reporter went to BAC to hear their own side of the issue but the PRO’s office was closed and when called on phone he said he would reply later.

Gambia: 22nd July 1994 - 22nd July 2014 - 20 Years of Fear in Gambia

Most basic human rights are;  To have a fair and independent trial and not be enslaved by a person or persons.
On 22 July 1994, a group of military officers led by Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh overthrew President Dawda Jawara, who had been in power in Gambia since 1970. Yahya Jammeh, supported by the army, proclaimed himself President of the Republic and, over time, took direct control of the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Interior.
The Gambian government tolerates no dissent and commits serious human rights violations. Human rights defenders, journalists, political opponents and other Gambians who are critical of government policies continue to face intimidation, harassment, arbitrary arrest, detention, torture, ill-treatment, death threats and enforced disappearance.
Some of the human rights violations recorded over the last 20 years include the killing of 14 protesters in April 2000, the killing of journalist Deyda Hydara in 2004, the enforced disappearance of journalist Ebrima Manneh in 2006, the torture of journalist Musa Saidykhan in 2006, the arbitrary executions of 9 prisoners in 2012, and the "incommunicado" detention of human rights defender Imam Baba Leigh for five months of the same year.
The Gambian government has repeatedly failed to comply with several rulings by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice, including refusing to compensate Musa Saidykhan, and the families of Ebrima Manneh and Deyda Hydara.
The justice system has also been weakened since President Yahya Jammeh came to power, undermined by interference by the Executive and increasingly repressive legislation aimed at muzzling dissent.
For example, in April 2013, the National Assembly passed amendments to the Criminal Code increasing sanctions for "giving false information to public servants" (Section 114) from six months imprisonment and/or a fine of 500 Dalasi (approximately US$13) to imprisonment of up to five years and a fine of 50,000 Dalasi (US$1,293).
Further, in July 2013, the National Assembly passed the Information and Communication (Amendment) Act providing that internet users, journalists and bloggers found guilty of spreading false news can be punished by up to 15 years in prison and may be fined up to 3 million dalasi (approximately US$74,690).
In this pervasive climate of fear, most journalists, human rights defenders and citizens are forced to practice self-censorship or to flee the country.

More than 120 days since Boko Haram gunmen abducted over 100 girls in Nigeria

Parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls have said that even though it is 98 days since their daughters were abducted from their school by Boko Haram gunmen, they still hoped they would not have to spend 100 days in the captivity of the insurgents, before being rescued. Speaking from Chibok, one of the parents of the abducted girls, Mr Lucky Chibok said he would continue to burn his candle of hope, even though the rescue efforts had at all times tried to quench the flame of optimism that he would ever be reunited with his daughter again.
“As long as I am alive, I will not give up my prayers and my hope that my daughter and her colleagues would one day walk back to Chibok, because that is not beyond the doings of the Almighty God,” said Lucky.  He further said that when the news first came to him that his daughter and others had been kidnapped by the Boko Haram sect, it was like a dream.
“If anyone tells us that we would have to wait for over three months, I for one would not believe that the girls could stay alive with these dangerous men without any yielding. But here we are, still waiting and waiting.
“It is our fervent hope that they are rescued at once and for all, without necessarily clocking 100 days of being held in the captivity of the Boko Haram,” he said.
According to fresh revelations the Nigerian army sometimes flee whenever they clash with BoKo Haram beside allegations of collaboration and corruption from the state.  As we all know how rampant corruption, extosion and bribery are means of making a living.  Is the Nigerian army taking money from a terrorist group and putting the whole of Africa in the hands of deranged, mentally disturbed fellows.  I think and believe its about time the Niger goverment  comes up with an everlasting solution to this mess whatever that means.
Few questions can be posed, how comes it took this long for the most developed and advanced country in the continent to overcome and destroy  group of amateur soldiers like Boko Haram. 

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