The visit of two group of investors from Saudi Arabia to explore investment opportunities in the area of energy, and the statement by the Committee to Protect Journalists for The Gambian police to “stop harassing” journalist were the main focus for the local press Thursday. The Daily Observer newspaper reported that Saudi investors on Wednesday called on the secretary general, minister for Presidential Affairs and head of the Civil Service, Abdoulie Sallah, at his office in State House in Banjul.
The delegation, which comprised two investment groups, are in the country to explore the vast investment opportunities in energy.
Their visit to the country, according to the Gambia’s consulate general in Saudi Arabia, Lamin Satou Bojang, was engineered by the recent visit of President Yahya Jammeh to Saudi Arabia.
Aziz Chaudhey, one of investors, is reported to have said: We think that The Gambia is a right place for our investment because her people are very friendly and secure. The country is well secured from what we have seen and these are things that investors and businessmen always think of before any investment takes place.
Meanwhile, The Point reported that the CPJ has called on The Gambia police to stop harassing journalist Sanna Camara.
In a statement issued by the CPJ’s Nigeria office, it said Gambian police should stop harassing a journalist over a story highlighting human trafficking in the country.
Sanna Camara, a journalist with The Standard newspaper, was Friday summoned to police headquarters in Banjul over a June 27 story entitled: Police admit problems’ with human trafficking.
The story was based on an interview with police spokesman David Kujabi, in reaction to the U.S. State Department’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, which cited The Gambia as a source and destination country for women and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking.’
In the report, Kujabi admitted that Gambian police face challenges in combating trafficking, largely due to the unwillingness of victims or their families to aid investigations.
Sue Valentine, CPJ’s Africa programme coordinator said: Human trafficking is a global problem which the Gambian police cannot solve by harassing journalists who report on it.
We urge police to stop harassing Sanna Camara, who neither created the problem nor authored the U.S. government report, but merely sought and shared the police perspective.
( Courtesy AGENCIES …….. Source ……… NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS)