10 December 2012

Gambia: President's Office Warns Against - Using Tractors for Timber Transportation

The Office of the President has issued a strict warning against the use of tractors donated to women to carry logs for timber dealers, calling it a gross violation of the conditions under which they [Tractors] were donated for. According to a press release from the presidency, this practice is unacceptable and banned with immediate effect.

The release reads:

It has come to the notice of the Office of the President that tractors donated to the women of this country are being used to carry logs for timber dealers in violation of the conditions under which they were donated. Women Associations are hereby warned that this practice is unacceptable and banned with immediate effect and they should henceforth desist from the practice even of gratis basis.

District Chiefs and Regional Governors are hereby strictly warned that if this ban is violated by any tractor driver of any district, the seyfo, the Alkalo of the village where such tractor is stationed and the driver would be dismissed and prosecuted including the governor of the region.

The security services are also hereby warned to be vigilant and impound any tractor found violating this ban and prosecute the driver, the Alkalo and the seyfo. The police of the district would also be dealt with swiftly if they fail to enforce this ban. Operation Bull Dozer is hereby warned to work more effectively or else face serious consequences.

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