Supt. Mamanding S. Dibba, PRO of The Gambia Immigration Department (GID), on Friday warns Gambians to inhibit from helping aliens to get The Gambia’s National Identity Card.
He made this remarks on Friday at a press briefing which was held at the GID Head office in Banjul, geared to shed light on key issues as well as accord the media an opportunity to seek clarifications on matters of concern to Gambians and residents of The Gambia.
PRO stated that since the inception of the ID cards, GID started operation with two issuing centers which is the simplex headquarters in Kanifing and the other one at the GID headquarters in Banjul.
“So far from October 1st 2018 to 31st of May 2019, we have issued 65,251 ID Cards, 2,313 ID cards are pending verifications, 89 ID applications have been rejected and currently 194 ID card applications are awaiting interview,” he stated.
Reacting to the recent allegations in the social media, that GID officers are subjecting applicants to ethnic profile, the PRO said that they at GID, the management are refuting that allegations in the strongest terms possible saying that the allegations is unfounded and it is meant to misinform the population their role as immigration officers.
“We have a mandate to execute and we owe responsibility to the government and Gambians that we should only issue ID cards to people who beyond every reasonable doubts are Gambian citizens so in doing this, we must remain very focus and as well remain very committed to what we do and we cannot be just carried away by allegations,” PRO claimed.
Chief supt. Ebrima Manneh, officer in charge of The Gambia ID department urged Gambians to guide the National Identity card with jealousy adding, the ID is only for citizens of The Gambia.
He further stressed that Gambians themselves are lending a helping hand in getting documents to aliens to apply for the national ID cards, adding that it affect us some day and the public should inhibit from that action.
Chief supt. Manneh also clarified the doubt that people that are complaining not to get their national ID cards in weeks or months are people that are been sent to get the required document and they could not provide it are often the people who say such allegations.