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UNIVERSITY OF THE GAMBIA GRADUATES 1,134 STUDENTS IN 14TH CONVOCATION

The University of The Gambia has graduated 1,134 students in its 14th convocation ceremony. The event was presided over by Gambia’s President Adama Barrow who also the chancellor of the University of the Gambia.Abdourahman Barry graduated as the overall best student [valedictorian] with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (Summa Cum Laude).Other recipients of awards included Juldeh Jallow who won a goal medal as she came out as the overall best graduating student with BSc in Chemistry [Summa Cum Laude]. Saikou Jeng won silver with BSc in Economics [Summa Cum Laude] and Paul Sanyang BSc in Mathematics [Summa Cum Laude] with bronze. In the field of Medicine, Victoria Alex came out as the most outstanding student, followed by Muhammed Gaye and Adama Sumbunu third.In Mathematics, Abdourahman Barry [valedictorian] was the overall best graduating student with BSc in Mathematics [Summa Cum Laude], Cherno H. Barry came out second BSc in Mathematics [Summa Cum Laude] and Bunja Komma won bronze with BSc in Mathematics [Summa Cum Laude].Presiding over the ceremony, the chancellor of the University of The Gambia H.E Adama Barrow said the University of The Gambia has been contributing greatly to national development as it continues to produce graduates serving at various government and private institutions. The president further reiterated his governments' commitment to ensuring quality improves at the institute. Professor Herbert Robinson who was appointed the vice-chancellor of the University of The Gambia on 4th January 2022, in his first convocation address, assured the graduates of the University's continuous support. The vice-chancellor further said he is ready to build on the foundation laid by his predecessors.This 14th convocation ceremony means the University of The Gambia now graduated 8,610 students since its establishment in 1999. Eight GRTS staff also graduate this year.

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FISHERIES OPERATORS TAKE ACTION TO PROTECTI GAMBIA'S FISHERIES RESOURCES

Fisheries experts are projecting that the Gambia risks the extinction of her limited marine resources unless and until strong legal instruments are put in place for effective regulation. The concern prompted a round table discussion of the national association of fisheries operators and key players in the fisheries industry. The convergence is aimed at creating awareness on the fisheries act and legal instruments to ensure effective protection of marine resources. The president of the association Fatou Pierre Choye outlined the necessity of the gathering, and underscored strategies needed to regulate the sector. The representative from the department of fisheries explained the unprecedented exploitation of fisheries resources. He attributed it to the absence of inappropriate legal instruments in place to ensure sustainable management of marine resources. The officials reviewed the legal fisheries instrument and act making them appropriate for the sustainability of fisheries resources  

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More Pfizer vaccine arrive in The Gambia

The United States government has donated over 100,000 Pfizer vaccine to the Gambia to help vaccinate more people against covid-19. The consignment was received by the minister of health Dr Ahmadou Lamin Samateh at the Banjul international airport. This the latest consignment of vaccines donated by the US government. The deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Banjul said the vaccine has been proven safe for use against covid-19. The WHO and UNICEF country representatives, Dr Desta Tiruneh and Gardon Jonathan Lewis applaud the supply of vaccines especially in Africa which is said to have the lowest vaccination coverage. The diplomats said there is need to increase the vaccination coverage in the Gambia as supply is no longer an issue. The Minister of Ahmadou Lamin Samateh said the Pfeizer vaccine can now be stored in the country and disclosed that over 20 percent of the population has been vaccinated. He said covid-19 cases and mortality have gone down, and warned that COVID is still present and requires safety measures.  

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GAMBIA BEACH VOLLEYBALL TEAM RANKED TOP IN AFRICA

Gambia beach volleyball male team of Sainey Jawo and Mbye Babou Jarra are ranked first in Africa and 92nd in the world in the latest FIVB ranking. This is the first time for any Gambian team in any sporting discipline to top any ranking in the continent. Qatar based Sainey Jawo and Mbye Babou Jarra are the Champions of African games and bronze medallist of CAVB continental cup finals. The two will represent The Gambia in the Commonwealth Games beach volleyball qualifiers in Ghana later this month.Abie Kujabie, the most capped female beach volleyball player, will pair with debutant Anna Marie Bojang, for the Gambia in the volleyball 2 aside competition. Anna had represented The Gambia at the World beach games 4 aside beach volleyball in Qatar in 2019.The Commonwealth Games beach volleyball qualifiers will be held in Accra, Ghana from March 25th to 29th 2022. The winner will qualify to the Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 in July.  

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FSQA sensitises policy makers on CODEX Alimentarius

The vice president Dr. Isatou Touray took part in a high level sensitization workshop for policy makers on codex Alimentarious held at the sir Dawda conference center in Bijilo. Codex Alimentarious is the body responsible for the development of international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice.  The sensitization workshop aims to ensure international acceptance of food in terms of safety and quality to ensure fair trade practices.Public concern over food safety puts CODEX at the centre of global debates and has far reaching implications in resolving trade disputes. The Gambia has applied for Codex Trust Fund II based on the assessment of the existing Codex situation.   

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Gambian cares for dozens of orphans in Kinshasha, DRC.

Kinshasa, a city of nearly 20 million inhabitants, one man from The Gambia is making a difference. Bouna Batchilly, a native of Garawol who arrived in the DRC nearly 30 years ago to search for greener pastures was moved by the plight of children in this huge and bustling city. Bouna singlehandedly adopted over 500 abandoned children and orphans, through his foundation, giving them hope and a future.Many of them have now traveled to Europe, the US and Middle East. For him giving back to a country that gave him so much gives him great personal satisfaction. As he beams with happiness and satisfaction, Bouna believes every child deserves an opportunity to realise their potential. Nearly 30 years running the foundation, Bouna has won praise from several humanitarian organisations and embassies in Kinshasa who often render help. There are currently more than 30 children living with him, cared for by his wife and staff employed by the foundation. His efforts have drawn admiration from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Gambians Abroad Dr Mamadou Tangara who visited the orphanage accompanied by the Secretary General and head of the civil service Noah Touray and the Honorary Consul Ansumana Tunkara.  Bouna is also the President of the Gambia Association in Kinshasa, working with likeminded Gambians to promote the interests and welfare of the community in Congo. His wish is to leave a legacy in the Congo, and believes that Gambians wherever they are exhibit that humane spirit of love, care and solidarity.  

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The ministry of petroleum and energy concludes forum on energy Charter

The ministry of petroleum and energy in collaboration with the energy charter secretariat in Brussels on Tuesday wrapped-up a two-day forum on energy charter.  The workshop was meant to raise awareness on the energy charter treaty as well as present the status of the Gambia’s accession to the energy charter treaty.The forum availed participants better understanding of the energy charter process and presented with the energy investment risk assessment 2021 extended profile of the country.During her deliberation at the forum, the energy charter secretariat-investment coordinator Ms. Ishita Pant explained the benefit and contribution to the energy landscape of Gambia and ECOWAS.In his closing remarks, Lamin Camara the permanent Secretary at the ministry of Petroleum and energy said the two-day gatherings would propel the Gambia energy sector higher.  

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PURA sensitises operators on online information system for Tanker Trucks

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority PURA Thursday held a day sensitisation forum for stakeholders in the petroleum products road transport business sector. The synergy is anticipated to enlighten business operators on the newly introduced PURA online information system for Tanker Trucks. The event will also deal with crucial licensing requirements on the petroleum road transport business as well as PURA guidelines on the existing testing regime on road tankers and vehicles transporting petroleum in the Gambia. 

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NDMA validates multi-hazard profile of the Gambia 2022-2024

The National Disaster Management Agency with support from the UNDP Thursday convened a day long validation meeting on the national multi-hazard profile of the Gambia 2022-2024. The forum held in Kanifing will allow the stakeholders to formulate a robust document helping the country's response to disaster preparedness and risks reduction. The draft national multi hazard profile of the Gambia identified 6 major reoccurring hazards such as flood, disease outbreak, drought, fire outbreak, windstorm and pest invasion.  When validated the document  is expected to serve as a tool to enhance effectiveness of disaster preparedness and risk reduction in identifying hazards within the country.

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Former Jungler Bai Lowe Charged in Germany

The Authorities in Germany have arrested and charged former soldier Bai Lowe with murder and attempted murder over crimes committed in The Gambia. Lowe is also accused of the 2004 killing of Deyda Hydara, editor of The Point newspaper. Bai Lowe was a driver of the patrol team known as junglers between December 2003 and December 2006. Testimonies by some members of the junglers revealed that the team carried out several targeted killings, torture and enforced disappearances ordered by former President Yahya Jammeh. The case is being brought on the principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows a foreign country to prosecute crimes against humanity, including war crimes and genocide, regardless of where they were committed. Bai Lowe was arrested in Hanover in March 2021 and being held in pre-trial detention since.

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IEC chairman suggests Paper ballot for Elections in the Gambia

The Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Alieu Momarr Njai said the Gambia should abandon the marbles and drums system and migrate to paper ballots. Mr Njai revealed that the IEC spent over two million dalasis on each candidate’s ballot drums in the 2021 Presidential elections. He also hinted that the upcoming National Assembly Elections would incur a similar cost. The IEC chairman said ballot papers are more accurate, cheaper and easy to use. He made the remarks on Wednesday at the start of a training session organised by the commission for civil society actors and the media.

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President Barrow returns from a two day working visit to DRC

The President His Excellency Adam Barrow return's from Kinshasa the Democratic Republic of Congo, after a two working visit. President Barrow was received on arrival by the Ministers of Defense, the Interior and Service chief's. The Gambian Leader told GRTS at the Banjul International airport  that his visit the Democratic Republic of Congo was aimed at enhancing diplomatic and trade connection between the two countries. President Barrow underscored the need to strengthen and enhance diplomatic and trade ties with the Democratic Republic of Congo, noting the presence of a large number of Gambians in that country. Commenting on the steep rise in prices of basic commodities President Barrow said his government will continue to work closely with stakeholders in the sector to stabilize the situation. He used the opportunity to appeal to Gambian's to invest in Agriculture. He said his government has requisite policies and programs to transform the Agricultural sector thereby making it responsive to the food needs of the country. President Barrow also renewed commitments to expand and consolidate bilateral ties between Africa countries to advance trade, peace and development in the continent.Given the Gambia's geographic location, the President indicated that the countries could explore collaboration in aviation transport to make the country a hub in the aviation industry.  

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GRTS MARKETING

The Marketing Department manages the commercial activities of both Radio and Television. We are responsible for generating revenue and selling the services of both radio and television. We are generally in charge of coordinating all marketing and commercial activities which include the sale of GRTS products and services. The sales of airtime include advertisement, panel discussions, documentaries and sponsorships of programme and ad hoc revenue initiatives.GRTS over the years has been the favourites of companies wishing to widen the base of their clientele and increase their market share by sponsoring programmes and advertising on GRTS. The formal and educative nature of our programmes guarantee expansive publicity that advertiser can hardly resist. GRTS programmes are designed to meet the needs of both local and international companies seeking to sell their brands, products and services as well opening a new chapter of a mutually beneficial partnership that will ensure a win-win situation for both parties and produce huge returns on your investmentsAdvertising with GRTS give your business an ideal opportunity to reach millions of viewers every week. Considering that GRTS is now on Satellite and social media platforms our coverage spans across many parts of the world. Many Gambians in the Diaspora and well wishers of the Gambia follow GRTS to get first hand information on events in the Gambia. Advertise with GRTS and make your business stand in the face of competition.   Contact GRTS marketing on Tel: Television (00220)  2780125-9747011-2325299 WatsApp- 2780125/2325299Tel : Radio (00220) 9747010/2784030/3957255 WatsApp-   2780125/3957255Email :[email protected]/[email protected] MEDIA LINKS .YOUTUBE:https://www.youtube.com/c/GRTSTVFACEBOOK:https://www.facebook.com/grts.gmWEBSITE:http://www.grts.gmTWITTER:https://twitter.com/grtstvINSTAGRAM:https://www.instagram.com/grtstvofficial/?hl=enLinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/company/gambia-radio-television-services/  

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President Calls for the Implementation of the Anti-Littering Law

In what many described as symbolic leadership, President Barrow earlier today led the re-introduction of the National Cleansing Exercise ‘Set Settal’, calling on the relevant authorities to implement the anti-littering law. President Barrow said that many people are in the habit of indiscriminate littering, which renders the environment dirty. ‘’We have the laws and should use them to stop littering. That is what democracy is about,’’ he stressed. The President, however, expressed delight at the turnout of the people to clean even though it was a voluntary exercise, saying, ‘’We cannot force people to come; we can only encourage them’’. He added that people must not wait for the exercise to clean their environment; they must do it daily to ensure clean and healthy surroundings. On him leading the exercise, President Barrow said leadership is a big responsibility and a position of trust, thus the participation to join the citizens. He thanked the lord Mayor of Kanifing Talib Ahmed Bensouda, the Cabinet members and all the people that came out to join him. President Barrow urged the journalists to lead the advocacy in the exercise.

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President Barrow meets International Civil Defence Organisation

President Adama Barrow received a delegation from the International Civil Defence Organisation – ICDO to discuss the country’s recruitment as a member of the Organisation on Wednesday, 25th January 2023.During discussions, President Barrow underscored the importance of membership to organisations that support their members with capacity and logistics. He added that capacity building in disaster management is crucial, recalling the challenges the country had to deal with during the unfortunate disasters due to windstorms and floods. He noted that in light of climate change, it is difficult to predict a disaster; thus, the necessity to develop capacity.    “When a disaster occurs, people look to the government for food, shelter, and protection. the importance of having the capacity and logistics to do so.”  As he looks forward to The Gambia becoming the 61st member of the International Civil Defence Organisation established after World War 1- (WWI), the President advised the relevant stakeholders to pursue legal advice and the possibility for The Gambia to become a member.Director Mariatou Yap, briefing the President, gave a history of the organisation and its focus to provide technical and humanitarian support to members, mainly in Africa, through training and capacity building. She stressed the importance of data collection and sharing at the regional level, hence working to increase its membership.  Madam Yap used the occasion to extend her sincere condolences on the demise of the Late Vice President.    Permanent Secretary Office of The Vice President, Dawda Ceesay, said the visit was timely as his office completed a National Strategy on Disaster Management and Resilience in June 2022 and would require support in its implementation through capacity building and provision of logistics.Executive Director of the National Disaster Management Agency – NDMA, Mr Sanna Dahaba, led the delegation to the State House.

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President Barrow laid foundation stone of Solar plant

President Adama Barrow Saturday  laid the foundation for the construction of a 23 Mega Watts Solar Plant and an eight (8) Mega Watt-Battery Energy Storage System, with three (3) years of operations and maintenance.In his keynote address, the President said, “The proposed Jambur solar plant is a component of The Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernisation Project, which is co-financed by the World Bank and the European Investment Bank at an estimated budget of US$27 million (twenty-seven million United States dollars).The ultimate goal of this project is to provide additional reliable, affordable, sustainable, and green energy generation capacity to meet the increasing energy needs of the Gambian people.  This Solar project is an integral part of our national Strategic Roadmap, 2021-2024, aimed at attaining universal energy access by 2025 and transforming The Gambia Electricity Sub-sector, as approved by Cabinet in November 2021.The roadmap outlines my government’s aspiration to achieve universal access to electricity by 2025 and, at the same time, transform the electricity sector so that Gambians can benefit from reliable and affordable electricity, leading to NAWEC becoming an efficient, financially sustainable power utility.The strategic roadmap serves as the development blueprint for the electricity sub-sector in the short and medium term. Renewable energy is highly placed on its order of priority.In the roadmap, Solar PV is considered as the cheapest form of renewable energy in The Gambia.This project will inject clean energy into the electricity grid, thus contributing to the achievement of The Gambia’s Climate Change Targets of Nationally Determined Contributions. It will also help us to diversify our electricity generation sources, reducing the country’s over-dependence on imported petroleum products.”

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President Barrow Applauds Islamic Development Bank Support to The Gambia

President Adama Barrow, Sunday, 29th January, commended the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) for its support to his Government when he received the President of the Bank, Dr Muhammed Al Jasser, at the State House in Banjul. The President highlighted key projects supported by the Bank, including the Laminkoto-Passamas road, the agriculture sector and electricity, noting they significantly impact people's lives. He added that the country largely depends on agriculture and that it ensures food security, which is national security. Stressing the importance of roads, the President said it has made travelling easy and connecting businesses and services, positively impacting the economy. He assured the Bank of his Government's continuous partnership for the mutual benefit of the country and institution. Following his audience with the President, Dr Muhammad Al Jasser told the waiting press that the IsDB regarded The Gambia as a vital member and had financed up to a Billion Dollars in projects in the country over the years. He added they stand shoulder to shoulder with the Government and people of The Gambia in their journey to development. Dr Jasser further stated that he visited some of the projects like road and electricity they are financing, some of which have been completed and others steadily progressing, adding there are evident achievements. The IsDB head said they had signed a grant with the Government to enhance productivity in agriculture by providing suitable crop varieties. "Agriculture is a pivotal sector in every and any economy, especially in developing countries, and to have such a mapping of the land of any country will be very important to choose the right crop for the right place to have the quantities," he noted. The Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Hon. Seedy Keita, who accompanied the delegation to the State House, thanked the IsDB for the trusted partnership over the years, saying the Bank is financing many projects that positively impact the lives and livelihoods of Gambians.

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President Adama Barrow Confers on Late VP Joof Posthumous, Member of the Grand Commander of the Order of The Republic of The Gambia (G.C.R.G.)

President Barrow posthumously conferred the insignia of G.C.R.G of the Republic of The Gambia to the Late Vice President, H.E Alieu Badara Joof, at a State Funeral at the National Assembly in honour and appreciation for his patriotic service to the nation. It was a sombre moment as the late VP lay in State surrounded by a nation in mourning.  Eulogising the former VP, President Barrow described him as a friend and brother who touched uncountable lives and influenced various institutions he served through his multifaceted character and talent. ‘’As the whole nation mourns, it is with a great sense of loss and a very heavy heart that I deliver this tribute in remembrance and praise of a close colleague, friend, and brother, who sadly worked as my Vice President for less than a full year when he succumbed to a brief illness.’’ President Barrow saidSeveral people, including family, friends and colleagues, poured tributes on the late VP. For them, he would be remembered for his honesty, commitment, generosity and love for family. Following the ceremony, he was laid to rest at the Banjulnding cemetery next to his mother’s grave.

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