WULI WEST MP QUESTIONS URGENCY OF OIC LOAN DEALS

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Sidia Jatta National Assembly Member for Wuli West has argued that the proposed OIC summit for the Gambia should not constitute any form of emergency on the government let alone on the people.

He made this assertion during the adoption of a loan of 93 million dollar from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in an extra ordinary session Tuesday.

The minister of finance an Economic Affairs said the loan deal is meant for the construction road and energy infrastructure to facilitate the hosting of the OIC summit in 2022.

For Mr Jatta, the plight of people in the Central, and Upper River Region who are rocked with rain storm is more worth an emergency than loans for diplomatic meetings.

He wondered why was the issue of electric problem fort the past 46years, and lack of good water for 54 years of independence was never a government concern until the very day of the loan deal.

It could be recalled in the 2019 budget that the Gambia has a stock of domestic debt D29 billion representing 40 percent of the GDP as of September last year.

The overall public debt for 2018 was estimated at 121 percent of the entire GDP, putting the country in the place of highly indebted countries in Africa.

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