Members of the Gambia Transport, Food and Agricultural Industrial Workers Union (GTFAIWU) have said that they were last Friday barred from mining at the sand mining area in Gunjur, after been given green light by relevant authorities to do so. Famara Saidy, GTFAIWU National Coordinator said after consultation with the Minister of Interior and the “Police the Inspector General of Police told them that he do not have any day on transport business, and asked them to continue their work.
However, to their dismay, when they started mining, the Gunjur Police came and asked them to stop their work. “Upon arrival at the Gunjur Police station, Officer Commanding- OC Kujabi told us that they got instruction from the top to ask us to stop mining in their area,” said Mr Saidy.
He called on the police to stop interfering with their job, and allow them to operate freely, because they have clearance to work.
The Gunjur mining area was closed for 11 months as the police barred union members from mining in the area.
Mr Saidy blames the deputy IGP who did tell them he will not allow them to operate unless Government give them a clear document to do so.
Mr Saidy however said they are going to meet the IGP on Monday to thrash out the issue.
Omar Touray, a member for reaffirmed that they have the authority to operate, but are having problems to have the cooperation of the police in the area. He expressed the need for understanding between the unionists and the police, instead of subjecting them to hardships and suffering