As a staffer of the airport, I want to register my concern about the growing corruption culture at my work place. I have been working here for the past six years. What’s happening here is unacceptable. Corruption has taken over this institution and the relevant authorities should act now before this scourge will arrest national development.
Almost all the security agencies at the airport are engaged in corruption practices. Passengers are usually pulled aside by the police, Customs, and soldiers and subjected to handing out bribes in order to be allowed to board the plane. It doesn’t matter whether the passenger is in compliant with travel regulations; they just target travelers for extortion. This has been happening for a longtime, but of recent it is getting out of hand. Something needs to be done to arrest the situation.
At the Customs, and the police, passengers are locked into the office and corrupt officers will extort money from them. Officers are usually stationed at the door to prevent others from accessing the room (office).
Passengers are made to pay taxes and yet they would not be issued with a receipt. Travellers are also harassed when they arrived with mobile phones. Officers will beg passengers money.
The Director General of the Gambia Civil Aviation Abdoulie Jammeh cannot deny what I am reporting here. Travellers and staffers of the airport can attest to my account of happenings at the airport.
A Lady, who was travelling with SN Brussels, with her two daughters was forced to give them 40 Euros.
I am a concerned staffer. I want Interior Minister Mai Fatty to act now before the airport’s image would be further impinged. The corrupt officers should be withdrawn and move somewhere else. I witnessed law enforcement officers, intelligence officers, and drug agents taking part in the corruption scheme. Minister Fatty should look into the activities of the airport staffers.
Written By A Concerned Staff of the Airport.
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