The government of the Gambia in the recent past has being dishing money to Ebola affected countries; Sierra leone, Liberia and recently Guinea. However the government of the Gambia is not happy why Guinea did send in a word of appreciation as the others did.
Daily News wonders why the disappointment to warrant news headline in the national news. If the contributions were purely for humanitarian purposes and not for any other reason, the government needs not boarder.
No two people or sate can be the same; that is what the Gambia government should understand. Sierra Leaone and Guinea are two separate states with different ideologies. Our government should not go far to refer to their own as bizarre this could lead to rifts rather mend fences.
The Gambia we all know is among the founding members of ECOWAS and yet we have never chaired this organization for more than 20 years. Another organization that we could not chair is the African Union, which too we still cannot chair. These are all reason why we need to assess ourselves. Can such gifts win the minds of African leaders to throw their weight behind us to chair at least for once.
Below is the press release on why Guinea did not send a word of appreciation.
The Gambian government has expressed regret at what it called the “bizarre” attitude of the Government of Guinea Conakry in failing to acknowledge receipt through diplomatic channels of the sum of US$500,000 it remitted to that sister West African country in September this year to help it contain the Ebola epidemic.
Whereas the highest authorities of Sierra Leone, another sister country that received the same timely gesture of African solidarity by President Yahya Jammeh, have acknowledged receipt of the funds with gratitude, the Guinean government is yet to do so.
A statement by the Gambia government on the “unfortunate” situation read on State TV last night states:
His Excellency the President of the Republic of The Gambia Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh, issued in early September 2014, a directive that the sum of US$500,000 be remitted to the Government of the Republic of Guineain support of its effort to contain the Ebola epidemic in that country.
The funds were transferred to an account provided by the Central Bank of Guinea, which has since acknowledged receipt of this amount with gratitude, although the Government of Guinea is yet to acknowledge receipt through regular diplomatic channels.
This bizarre attitude on the side of the Government of Guinea Conakry is unfortunate and regrettable.
It could be recalled that this timely gesture of African solidarity by His Excellency the President was also extended to the Government of Sierra Leone, the receipt of which was acknowledged with gratitude by the highest Sierra Leonean authorities.