In The Gambia, everyone is talking about the COVID-19 donor funds currently pouring into the government’s bank account(s). Virtually every Gambian citizen wants his, or her share from the COVID-19 millions of dollars donors’ fund.
The government is under increasing pressure. Finance Minister Mamburay Njie and Health Minister Amadou Lamin Samateh have been trying to reassure Gambians that the funds would be judiciously managed. But notwithstanding, there is skepticism.
Coronavirus is a killer disease, but citizens of the poverty stricken West African nation of The Gambia, are seemingly more interested about putting food in their stomachs than making the COVID issue a national agenda. Funds coming from the European Union, World Bank, IMF, and other donors are being trailed by citizens here. They do not trust the Barrow government. They are not convinced that the funds would be properly spent.
The Leader of the main opposition Ousainou Darboe and his opposition colleagues from other parties have been mounting pressure on the government to account for the donor’s funds. They have been calling on the government to provide economic bailout to the poverty-stricken citizens.
Observers are concerned that the COVID-19 funds if not responsibly managed, it could trigger an unrest in the country. Many are sitting home thinking that the government would give them fair share of the funds.
Let us pray for poor Gambia. We hope the government is going to do what is right and avoid misusing the donors funds.