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Published On: Fri, Jun 9th, 2023

Barrow Says Government Approves The Gambia Prisons Amendment Bill – SoNA 2023

President Adama Barrow  has made a revelation that his government has approved  the Gambia Prisons Amendment Bill, 2023 which is to help establish The Gambia    Prisons Services and for The Gambia Prison Service    Council to be able to regulate the prisons.

The president made these revelations while delivering his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) speech at the National Assembly building in Banjul on Thursday

He pointed out that the sector is working on the  Constitutional Review Process.

“The process is guided   by relevant legal and legislative considerations as  well as our national interests. For now, it is essential to determine the necessary legislative amendments to  support the next phase of the review process.” He also indicated that the

 Ministry of Justice appointed twelve State Counsels in the beginning of the year and it’s objective is to decentralize the legal services by       designating some of the State Counsels to various  regions of The Gambia. This he said  is to provide speedy and    accessible justice delivery service to the public.

He further told the lawmakers that social services, employment, trade, and food security will be his government’s top priority to provide solutions to those challenges.

“Infrastructure development, social services, digitization, production, vulnerable groups (particularly women, the youth and the physically challenged), employment, trade, food security, and energy are among the many issues that my administration gives sustained attention and priority. All of them feature vividly in my address. Our focus will strategically be on the people in order to build on our achievements,” Barrow said.

Turning to the Judiciary sub-sector, Barrow said that  11,568 new cases were filed across all the courts and tribunals in the country in 2022, which represents a significant  increase of 30% from the 8882 cases for 2021. Altogether, 6,800 cases, representing 58%, were disposed of, thus marking an increase of 1,978 out of  the 4822 cases disposed of in 2021.

After delivering his government’s works and accomplishments of the past year, he renewed his willingness and commitment to serving the Gambian people with a clear vision and attainable programmes as stated by the president.

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