Omar Ceesay, the president of Basic Transport Union (GTU), has expressed dissatisfaction with the Senegalese authorities over borders points, affirming that these border points are usually not brought on by the Senegalese Transport Union, however the authorities.
The Basic Transport Union boss was talking in an interview with this reporter on Monday at his workplace in Banjul. He stated they’ve been dealing with severe challenges with their counterparts concerning transportation of passengers and items, including that as union, they’re participating the federal government of The Gambia over the difficulty, as a result of”we now have a protocol in place, and everyone knows that these two nations have bilateral agreements, however this was not revered. So we’re urging our authorities to have interaction their counterparts significantly as a result of the challenges we face are affecting our revenue.”
Mr Ceesay stated Senegal is gaining extra each day whereas The Gambia is shedding. “So we’re urging authorities to look into this, as a result of when you’ve got the ECOWAS Protocol, you might be free to maneuver with none drawback,” he stated, including that as union, they wished to shut the border in 2018, however the authorities got here in and resolved the matter by way of diplomatic channel, which the opposite celebration is just not respecting.
“So we do not know what is going on, however nonetheless we’re giving them likelihood to proceed participating in a peaceable method, and this time, if they can not clear up the matter, then we are able to clear up it as a union,” he famous.
In response to Ceesay, each the 2 nations’ unions are discussing to discover a method out to unravel the difficulty they usually agreed on a degree.
He stated two months in the past, each unions signed a MoU to work collectively so as to promote the ECOWAS protocol and to advertise the free motion of individuals and items throughout the sub area.Nonetheless, he stated, the challenges on the border are usually not the union of Senegal’s making however the authorities. He added that the Senegalese authorities is utilizing communities of Karang and different border communities as a device towards Gambia.
GTU President stated there isn’t any union which has the facility to shut a border with out the involvement of presidency, including it’s the authorities of Senegal which allowed them to do this. “As Gambians, we have to come collectively and struggle for this, and shield our curiosity as Gambians.”