The disbandment of The Gambia National Transport Control Association (GNTCA) has not saved its leadership to escape from dictator Yahya Jammeh’s power excesses, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Jammeh is determined to jail the leadership of the GNTC. The Association’s membership were arraigned in court today, according to informed sources. They have been slammed with bogus criminal charges. The former GNTC officials appeared in court today.
It was reported on this medium that Jammeh’s decision to disband the GNTC, was primarily centered on his growing appetite to make money at the detriment of the suffering nation. He has replaced the GNTC with The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA). The GRA is now in charge of all transport related revenue collections in the country.
The arrest and subsequent prosecution of the GNTC former officials followed rumors that the GNTC membership were bracing up for a nationwide demonstration to denounce the dilution of his important transport body.
The government of dictator Yahya Jammeh has been faced with acute cash shortages. The country is also battling with hyperinflation. Prices for basic commodities have skyrocketed.
It would be recalled that a press release issued by the Trade Ministry said: “The Government of The Gambia wishes to inform the general public and all actors in goods transportation that the Gambia National Transport Control Association (GNTCA) is hereby banned from any involvement in the transportation sector in the country.” “All GNTCA structures, controls, systems, tariff (not approved by Government), are dismantled, dissolved and abolished,” the statement added.
According to the Trade Ministry press release “all traders, ‘locateurs’ and clearing/forwarding agents intending to transport goods out of the country, that “henceforth, Export Declarations shall be processed by The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) at the border exit posts to replace the manifest hitherto being issued” by the GNTCA.”
“Stakeholders, the statement went on “are, therefore, reminded that the Government of The Gambia shall spare no efforts in ensuring that all physical barriers and impediments imposed by non-Governmental agents in the smooth flow of trade within the country are removed. This is with a view to implementing a new dispensation to guarantee that trading activities and goods transportation through GRA, the seaport and other locations are conducted in a “free and transparent manner, free from any inhibitions imposed by associations/unions or other third parties”.
The Trade Minister Abdou Jobe also warned ports workers desist from corrupt practices. “Thus, cargo owners and clearing/forwarding agents are duly informed that the queuing systems and other informal protocols imposed by the GNTCA for access to the Port of Banjul and other loading centers, tariffs, manifest fees, mandatory payment of ‘manda’, other fees levied for the transportation of goods within and outside the country are duly prohibited, and that interested parties are free to conduct their business transactions within the principles of free market, transparency and in compliance with the laws of The Gambia.”