Thursday, October 27, 2011

Justice Minister Edward Gomez ‘fails to fulfill pledge’

Gambia Justice Minister, Edward Gomez
The Gambia’s Justice Minister, Edward Gomez has failed to fulfill a pledge of D10, 000 he made to the Young Journalists Association of The Gambia (YJAG) more than a year ago.
The minister, a private lawyer at the time, promised to give the association the money after he presented a paper on “Understanding Media Laws in The Gambia”, a training organised by YJAG for its members on February 9, 2010.   

“Hon. Edward Gomez, the Attorney General and minister of Justice made a pledge that he will give us D10, 000, hence our account was in red at that time but until today, we have not receive that D10, 000 pledge, despite several efforts made to remind him about it,” Mr Assan Sallah outgoing YJAG President said in his report during the 4th Anniversary and 2nd Congress of the Association on October 22, 2011 at the Kanifing Municipal Council Multipurpose Centre, Jimpex Road, Kanifing. “Therefore I will use this opportunity to again to remind the Honourable Minister of Justice of his pledge to YJAG.” 

YJAG’s outgoing Assistant Secretary General and now President, Modou S. Joof, also said in his activity report that “it is worth noting that more than one year on, the promise is still in the pipeline, so for the benefit of our members who think it has went to the pockets of the executive that is not the case.”

Author: Modou S. Joof  for The Voice newspaper

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