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Published On: Fri, Dec 22nd, 2023

Transport Union Responds to Claims of Restrictions on Gambia Cross-Border Transportation

The General Transport Union hosted a press briefing today at its head office in Banjul on Africa Avenueto address allegations of restrictions on transportation between Gambia and neighboring countries.

During the briefing, Mr. Omar Ceesay, the executive president of the union, expressed concerns over the lack of free movement of vehicles, which goes against the 2018 agreement between Gambia and Senegal, as well as the ECOWAS protocol.

He called on the government to explain the reasons behind these restrictions and emphasized the need for collaboration to ensure a smooth and regulated transportation system for the benefit of the Gambian public.

Gora Khouma, the President of Senegalese transportation and a Community Member of road transport, strongly denies allegations of restrictions on the free movement of vehicles and drivers coming from Gambia into Senegal. He emphasizes that the borders are open for all countries and urges Gambians not to blame ECOWAS or anyone else but the presidencies of President Macky Sall and President Adama Barrow if any vehicles fail to cross the border.

Bayla Sowe, the Deputy Regional Secretary of the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), highlights the importance of a strong transport sector for the movement of people and goods. The trade union focuses on facilitating social dialogue and aims to address key issues such as decent work, road harassment, illicit practices, insecurity, road accidents, and the professionalization of drivers, as well as increasing women's access to the transport sector.

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