FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

22 February 2013

Gambia: Is Gambia Rich in Oil, Diamond, Uranium and Other Minerals? Clarification Is Still Difficult to Get From Official Sources

Foroyaa has been trying to validate information that is still spreading that Gambia is oil and mineral rich. At least every Gambian knows about the minerals being mined in Sanyang and environs.

Some claim that there is offshore oil. Others claim that there is diamond in URR. We have tried to get details from the Geological unit regarding the minerals being mined in Sanyang but to no avail. Despite Foroyaa's efforts to send the questions to the unit as requested the details are not forthcoming.

48 years ago and it is more urgent today than ever for the Government to do a geological survey of the country and identify all the areas where prospecting could be done to ascertain the mineral and oil deposits of the country.

Gambia has a population of 1.7 Million. Mineral deposits of the country if harnessed could ensure that poverty is eradicated. The Natural and mineral resources of the country belong to the people. They are entitled to be informed of any findings and have their share of any benefits. Foroyaa will continue its search for the truth.

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