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Published On: Fri, Jan 26th, 2024

PAP Leader Claims Poverty in Gambia is Due to Corruption

Ebrima Tabora Manneh, the leader of the opposition People’s Alliance Party, has made a claim that the rate of poverty in The Gambia is as a result of “corruption, mismanagement and misplaced prioritization.”

Ebrima Tabora expressed, “Poverty in this country is not a natural phenomenon. It is man made. We must put most of the blame on the authorities, they care only for themselves. Close to 60 years since independence, nothing meaningful has happened in this country. There is not a single sector that we can identify as a success area.  Instead, there are lot of misplaced priorities, corruption, inefficiency and mismanagement.”

He also added that other factors such as high cost of living and rents, foreign domination of the economy, poor health care, and underutilized agricultural sector are responsible for the mass exodus of young people seeking for greener pastures elsewhere.

Mr Manneh said Gambians should not expect these challenges be fixed by miracles as it takes commitment, patriotism and love for country and desire for change. “No angel will come to help us to make the change, but only Gambians can make changes they deserve, “he added.

According to him, the country is blessed with resources which if well utilized, would position The Gambia among thriving countries in the world.“It is incumbent on all Gambians to ensure that, we come together to make sure that the changes we deserve as a nation happen,” Manneh said.

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