President Jammeh’s statement about the creation of a national anti-corruption commission, The Gambia’s ‘high’ trade deficit, and the acquittal of the former managing director of the Gambia Ports Authority, dominated Gambian newspapers on Wednesday.The Standard and The Point newspapers reported that President Yahya Jammeh, in his statement marking the 20th year anniversary of his presidency, hinted that the creation of an anti-corruption commission for the country.
We are on the verge of establishing an Anti-Corruption Commission very soon, President Jammeh is quoted as saying.
Corruption and greed have become some of the main challenges to our efforts to develop this country, and we are committed to eradicating them without mercy, and by any means, he added.
For President Jammeh, the fight against corruption is not only a duty for the government, judiciary and legislature, but a divine duty and a moral obligation for all citizens.
He said: The Holy Quran enjoins all Muslims to not only desist from corruption but to eradicate it and this is exactly what my government has ever stood for to the extent of establishing an Anti-Corruption Commission very soon.
Meanwhile, Foroyaa newspaper said the Vice President of The Gambia, Dr. Aja Isatou Njie- Saidy, has said that the country has a high’ trade deficit which is due to the high imports compared to exports.
She noted that this situation is a serious concern to the government.
Although the total exports registered moderate growth since 2008, the vice president revealed that the total imports remained significantly higher and grows much faster than exports.
The largest share of national imports is on the basic commodities such as rice, edible oil, detergents and dairy products.
It is shocking, however, to note that rice and edible oil imports account for about 18 percent and 20 percent of imports respectively and this is extremely high and quite alarming, the vice president is reported to have said.
The Point, The Standard, and Foroyaa all reported that the Banjul Magistrates’ Court has acquitted and discharged Abdoulie Tambedou, a former managing director of the Gambia Ports Authority, who was charged with the offence of giving false information to a public officer.
Mr Tambedou was arraigned early last year, and he denied the charge. Also, The Standard and The Point said Gambian Bakary Papa Gassama is among the best referees with the highest score, a B+, in the just ended Fifa world cup in Brazil…
Gassama made his debut as fourth official but went on to officiate as central referee in a group match between The Netherlands and Australia.
Fifa is reported to have said Gassama and the others with B+ score had put up impeccable performances during the world cup.
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