31 January 2013

Gambia: Driver Unionist Cries Foul Over GNTCA Congress

Mr. Ousman O.K. Drammeh, the President of Gambia Transport Agriculture Food and Industrial Workers Union told journalists at a press conference yesterday that the leadership of the Gambia National Transport Control Association (GNTCA) wants to exclude drivers from their forthcoming congress.

He told reporters at the press conference at the Association's branch office at the Red Cross building at Kanifing that the GNTCA will be holding its Congress on Saturday, 2nd February 2013 at the Atlantic Hotel in Banjul which marks the end of the five year term of the executive committee members of the association.

He said the past years the drivers have been taking part in the Congress, but this year, according to him, the drivers have been taking the current executive to task on the management of the funds they collect from them, such as the ten dalasi which is collected from each driver for each trip, the D250 monthly fees each 'Pocket garage' in the central garage, the D50 per ticket for each truck a day and an Out-ticket of 5 dalasi for each vehicle leaving the garage going to the up country. He said in addition to these payments, there is also the fines that range from 25 dalasi to 10,000 dalasi for wrong packing or loading passengers and goods at a wrong place in the garage. According to him, none of these fines are in their Constitution.

Mr. Drammeh said it is they the drivers who are paying the salaries of the staff at the Union and are also the members who elect the leadership. He hopes the authorities will become informed through the press conference and will intervene to enable them to exercise their rights and take part in the Congress taking place at the Atlantic Hotel in Banjul.

He concluded that it would be very undemocratic and unfair to allow others to elect their representatives for them.

Foroyaa has heard from Mr Drammeh and will cover the proceedings of the congress and report the truth accordingly.

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