On Tuesday morning, drivers and commuters alike were taken by surprise upon hearing that the Senegal-Gambia borders have been reopened. Speaking to the Daily Observer, Ousman Dampha, a regular taxi driver who plies the Ziguinchor-Kombo Brikama route said he has nothing but kind words for Presidents Macky Sall and His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh. Dampha called on the authorities to work towards consolidating the gains recorded by the two leaders and avoid issues that will undermine sub regional integration.
For his part, head of the security forces posted at the Giboro-Selety border checkpoint, Buba Ceesay said it was a sigh of relief for many commuters and motorists who have endured three months of struggle. He said the re-opening of the borders would ease the challenges faced by many traders within and outside the sub region.
From Guinea Bissau on a personal visit, Sarjo Touray said he was really surprised when he realized that the borders have been re-opened. He recalled few weeks ago how he struggled, moving from one car to the other when foreign vehicles put out passengers from either sides of the political divide.
Several other commuters who spoke to Daily Observer expressed happiness on the borders reopening and used the opportunity to commend the Senegambia leadership for the move.
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