“I have been informed that there are enough supplies of essential commodities for the immediate and medium-term needs of the country, President Adama Barrow has declared during his state address on Friday. Barrow then added: “In this light, strict measures have been devised to curb attempts to hoard or hike the prices of basic commodities. I implore the business community to continue to cooperate in stabilising the prices of all basic commodities.”
Per Barrow’s statement, he was told that “there are enough supplies of essential commodities for the immediate and medium-term needs of the country.”
Who told Barrow that The Gambia has enough supplies of essential commodities that could feed the nation for the medium term? Has Barrow verified the information he was fed with?
We are just asking for the sake of public good. Barrow’s claims should be treated with caution.
Barrow is not a highly informed President. He is merely reporting what he was told. The information could be true or false. Treat it with a grain of salt.
We expect any responsible President to provide statistical records or cite his source of information before feeding the nation with an unsubstantiated information.
If Barrow had said: According to the Ministry of Trade, or the Ministry of Finance, “there are enough supplies of essential commodities for the immediate and medium-term needs of the country,” that would give some credence to his claims.
It is like when a parent promises to hand deliver a new plane to his son if he performs well in school. The child would certainly believe in his Dad, even though his Dad might not be able to afford to buy him a plane.
Under the circumstances, who knows if Barrow’s source was his supporters? Funny, right? Only God knows. Laugh Out Loud. LOL…
Listen to Barrow again: “Invoking the powers invested in me as President under the Emergency Powers Act of the Laws of The Gambia, this is one of a series of Regulations I have signed, starting with the freezing of prices of all essential commodities to prevent any form of hoarding.”
“Already, an Essential Commodities Committee has been set up to monitor and enforce these Regulations. In this regard, I appeal to the goodwill of the business community to respect these measures for the general welfare of our people,” he added.
If there is enough commodities available to feed the nation, why cracking down on businessmen? What happen to the country’s free trade private sector policy? Oh, I forgot, Corona is causing food shortage.