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Posted - 02 Dec 2019 :  21:15:38  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Fire Incident Consumes Confidential Files At Ministry Of Fisheries

Foroyaa: December 2, 2019

By: Mustapha Jallow

The Gambia Fire and Rescue Service have on Monday mounted investigation on the cause of a fire outbreak that burnt confidential files and other valuables including laptops and desktop computers at the Ministry of Fisheries.

Haddijatou Njie, Divisional Officer of the Fire & Recuse Services said: “The incident is under investigation, so right now we cannot talk to any journalist or explain anything. Even us, we do not know what is going on at the moment until the investigation is done.’’

She promised that once investigations are concluded, they will come back to the media and inform them everything.

“I know within 24-hourse we will know what is going on because our teams are inside gathering evidence,’’ she concluded.

James Furmos Peter Gomez, the Minister of Fisheries told journalists: “I just looked at the back of my window, then saw fire coming from the other side – I shouted and everybody came in. And we called the Fire and Rescue Service, and they did a good job on their arrival.’’

He said the fire out-break has burnt many of their confidence files (documents), adding all those who were in the building were evacuated to safe territory.

“This is a very serious damage because all our confidential files are burnt by the fire,’’ he said. “Where we sit wouldn’t be a problem because we can easily find another office-place to sit,’’ he explained.

He added, “Our laptops and desktop computers ‘have gone’. The most unfortunate thing is we do not have a backup system here. I wished the whole government had a system of backup that every information shall go somewhere and stored,’’ he said.

According to the Minister, everything that their office had been doing including the works on the confidential files were burnt. He said, ‘every company that has been doing business with Fisheries their files are there and that is what we have lost in the fire.’

He explained, “fortunately our records office is not affected. He added, “Whatever we do not have, we know the people we were dealing with and the partners so that whatever we do not have, we can ask them for copes to start building all our files.’’

He continued to say that all their files are relevant documents as ‘when we deal with people and whatever agreement we have with them, licenses we issued and funding we get are kept in these confidential files. As for now, we do not know what caused the fire.’’

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Posted - 07 Jan 2020 :  23:41:05  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
China to the rescue with a super donation of Office Machinary .

===========================================================================================================================================China responds with D2m equipment aid to Fisheries fire disaster

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Ministry of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters yesterday, 6 January, 2020, received office equipment worth two million dalasis from the Chinese government through the Chinese Embassy in Banjul.

The items donated by the Chinese Embassy to the ministry includes 20 desktop computers, 6 TV sets, 20 sets of printers, 20 sets of filing cabinets, 6 sets of air conditioners, 80 boxes of A4 size paper, 5 sets of scanners, 40 sets of toner cartridges and 40 sets of UPS 800F.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, vice president Dr. Isatou Touray said that the provision of the office equipment to the Fisheries Ministry was an important and timely development, following the unfortunate inferno which destroyed the buildings of both the ministry and the Department of Water Resources on 2 December 2019.

“The fire incident ravaged office equipment, office furniture, important documents and files of both the ministry and Department of Water Resources,” she said.

V.P stated that the provision of the office equipment will undoubtedly go a long way in supporting the ministry and Department of Water Resources to settle down and continue their very important work towards national development.

She further acknowledged the efforts by the People’s Republic of China, saying that the two countries share a long and common standing bilateral relationship based on mutual respect and recognition of the sovereignty of the two countries since the first republic.

For his part, H.E MA Jianchun, sympathised with the Gambia government on the recent fire outbreak that engulfed the Ministry of Fisheries last month and burnt down nearly all the office appliances.

“In order to help the Ministry of Fisheries tie over the difficulties at an early date, the Chinese Embassy has decided to donate office supplies and equipment worth 2 million dalasi to the ministry,” he said.

He emphasised that the Chinese government attaches great importance to the bilateral cooperation in the field of fisheries with The Gambia, sincerely supports The Gambia to take new road of industrialisation and encourages some Chinese entrepreneurs to invest in The Gambia.

The ambassador pointed out that with the approval of The Gambia government, the Chinese investors have brought investment to The Gambia’s fisheries sector, bringing stable sales, marketing channel and modern facilities such as cold stores, ice plants, distribution of trucks and so on.

Minister of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters, James Gomez, said the said incident happened at a time when the Ministry of Fisheries, Water Resources was busy finalising the programme of activities to be implemented under the EU/Gambia Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement.

“Fisheries and Water Resources are very important sectors charged with the responsibilities for the sustainable development of both fisheries and water resources,” he said.

The minister stated that in 2020, the Ministry of Water Resources has tasked the Department of Fisheries to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing through collaboration and partnership with all relevant stakeholders amongst other tasks.
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