23 November 2012

Gambia: The President Should Visit Radio Gambia

FOROYAA has been publishing the concerns of the residents of Banjul and commuters who work in the city since in the rainy season. It is heartening that after visiting the streets of Banjul the President did not say that the media has been trying to paint a bad picture of the city. It is very clear to him that 'Banjul Poto Poto' (muddy Banjul) is still not history.

In the same vein, Foroyaa has been lamenting over the state of Radio Gambia. Many members of the ruling party are not properly informed about the dilapidated state of Radio Gambia. They are fond of ridiculing the former government by claiming that Radio Gambia under them was 'Radio Kombo', meaning that it could not be heard outside the urban and peri-urban areas.

The fact of the matter is that Radio Gambia is in a dilapidated state and cannot be accessed by many Gambians. The critic would not be entirely wrong to call it 'Radio Kombo'.

Those who work in the congested studios need frequent checkup to clear any threat of having respiratory tract infections.

Now GRTS, the body that should rescue Radio Gambia, is crying for a bail out.

The media which is required to broadcast divergent views is now complaining that political stalwarts use its services without paying for airtime. Which political stalwarts could that be? We are sure that they are not in the opposition. We hope propaganda will be put aside to face the realities of under-development once and for all. The Gambia is a highly indebted poor country with a debt burden of over 22, 000 Million or 22 billion Dalasi. It is wrong for anyone to project it as an 'economic super power'.

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