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Posted - 22 Feb 2021 :  19:03:47  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote


Gambian security reveals more shaky conditions

The Point: Feb 22, 2021

As the Standing Committee on Defence and Security of the National Assembly continues its fact finding mission tour, major challenges facing the various security units from NBR to URR have been highlighted.

Bakary F.L. Colley, Officer Commanding (OC) at Lamin Koto Army Camp, disclosed to the committee that the lack of a medical unit at the camp is seriously affecting them, noting that if a soldier falls sick, he or she has to be rushed to the nearest health facility for treatment which he said shouldn’t be.

He added that the challenges they mostly face are cross border crimes, mobility, feeding, accommodation, fuel allocations and lack of modern technology amongst others.

Speaking at Janjangbureh Police, Juldeh Camara, deputy commissioner of station said they do not receive any transport allowance in the rural areas and that’s why many officers never want to be posted to the provinces.

He added that they are in serious need of uniforms, shoes and for standard record keeping, they also need a computer, a printing and photocopy machine to ease their work.

At the Bansang Police Station, the regional police commissioner, Malamin Sankareh, disclosed that most of the cases within the region are road accidents, rape and gender violence as other stations stressed the same.

Babucarr Jatta, commissioner of Janjangbureh Prison, also noted that officers are not given any risk allowances despite the work they do.

He expressed dissatisfaction with the government, saying that they neglect them and as a result, they are losing officers because they are not motivated and the situations they face are terrible.

He also noted that regardless of the low salary they earn, each officer contributes D300 at every end of month for lunch feeding and when it comes to breakfast and dinner, each officer struggles for him or herself on a daily basis.

“Without the efforts of the prison officers, the country will find it very difficult to maintain its peace and stability.”

According to him, the prison currently has 64 inmates and as there is no high court in the entire region, they find it very difficult to escort detainees to Mansakonko and Basse for court hearings, outlining that they have only one vehicle available for them which is not even in good order.

He added that it is not standard to escort detainees with a pickup vehicle, revealing that they had a series of scenarios in which inmates tried to jump from the pickup to escape but thanks to his alert and diligent officers who always make sure none of those detainees ever succeeded.

When asked about his view after visiting various security institutions by this reporter, the chairman of the committee, who doubles as deputy dpeaker of the National Assembly, Momodou L.K. Sanneh, said after receiving complaints from various police stations, military camps and the Janjanbureh prison, it will serve as a guiding principal factor for the committee to prepare a strong report that would be submitted to the National Assembly.

“In honesty, I am not happy with what I saw at the prison, the condition of the prisoners is not encouraging and something needs to be done to uplift the status of the prison because they are human beings,” Hon. Sanneh said.

He added that the headquarters of the prison staff is not fit for human beings to use, and also added that the prison staff is living a horrible life at the prison yard which needs urgent attention.

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.


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Posted - 23 Feb 2021 :  15:27:40  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Only one onservation ....WHEN is the MONEY available ?



Feb 23, 2021, 11:38 AM | Article By: Adama Tin
After a visit at the Central Prison and other prison installations last year, the Standing Committee on Defence and Security of the National Assembly felt it was necessary that the livelihood of the prisoners and prison officers be upgraded.

So in that regard, during the last budgeting, the committee was able to add to the budget of the Ministry of Interior D90 million for the renovation of the Central Prison, Jeshwang Prison and Janjanbureh Prison.

At the end of this year’s tour, this reporter was speaking to Hon. Dawda Kawsu Jawara, a member of the committee for Upper Fulladou West Constituency, said the committee had seen on the ground situations where “our men have put their lives on the ground trying to keep the people safe.”

According to him, although soldiers are trained to obey first before complaining, they have seen some of their conditions and when it comes to accommodation and other logistics being basically absent.

“These people are time and time stretching themselves to reasonable levels to be able to carry out their mandate which we have seen across the board from Farafenni to Basse as far as Fatoto, who are doing so much with so little which is not fair,” he said.

When asked about his view on the budgetary allocations before and now, Hon. Jawara said: “What is visible on the ground is the real disconnect between our approach to budgeting and the realities of the day.” He added that the reality on the ground is far different from the way we are approaching the budgetary allocations.

Sekouba Jarju, a member of the committee, lawmaker for Busumbala Constituency, said there are so many things “we have found are lacking in all the security institutions that we have visited, but as it is now, the job of a security is to respond on time. So in order for them to respond on time, mobility is necessary.

He added that the committee has realised that in all the institutions visited, mobility is equal to nothing in all of those institutions they visited which clearly tells that mobility is key for security to be able to do their job.

“Moral is never their problem, they are ready to sacrifice themselves in any condition that they are into but if they don’t have the required materials to do their job, it will be very difficult,” he continued.

“By doing assessment, Gambia is almost surrounded by Senegal which means any part of the country that you go to, there is a crossing point which is prone to crime and which causes border crimes to be disclosed by all the security institutions we visited,” he concluded.

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.
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