Gambia Needed a Market Survey Before Shutting Down Shops

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: The Gambia needed a market survey to determine crowded spots before enforcing stay at home emergency laws, a political analyst said Wednesday.

Babucarr Jeng, who is also a writer, told Eye Africa Keepar GUI show that a survey would have given the government an idea of how to deploy police to enforce the state of public emergency regulations.

On April 3, the National Assembly extended the state of public emergency by 45 days as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in The Gambia.

However, the government made no provisions for the majority of the population who are daily wage earners, thereby making the enforcement of “stay at home regulations” difficult.

Jeng said there was a need for both the local and central governments to discuss how the state of emergency will affect the lives and livelihood of the people and profer solutions. “There is no room for excuses,” he said.

Countries around the world, including neighbouring Senegal, have set in motion the distribution of food and cash to people forced out of work.

However, Dudu Njie, the President of “Eskeye Bokku Loho” (The Oneness Association) at the Serekunda market, said giving money to people doesn’t solve the problem.

Njie wants shops opened with government regulated opening and closing hours. In this way, he said people can still earn.

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