The Ministry of Information on Friday announced in a statement that the TV application license of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at has been approved. The application ran into controversy when some known Muslim leaders voiced their opposition to the application and called on government not to grant it.
The Gambia government and many ordinary citizens have always maintained that the country’s constitution guarantees a secular state where everyone is free to worship and propagate his or her religious teachings.
Meanwhile in the same statement, MoICI announced that Cabinet also approved the ratification of the 1994 Agreement for the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. By becoming a party, The Gambia would join 150 countries that would have a say in the authorization of seabed exploration and mining.
A tax exemption was also approved for the construction and installation of 25 solar powered water supply systems in the five administrative regions of The Gambia. The US$3.4 million project is part of an MOU signed between the Government of The Gambia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in April 2017 as part of the Ministry of Fisheries and Water Resources drive to providing potable water.
In a bid to curb inappropriate management of fishing practices which continue to endanger ecosystems, fish habitats and further diminish economic returns, cabinet endorsed the decision of the Ministry of Fisheries and Water Resources to acquire two fisheries inspection vessels.
Cabinet also discussed and approved for the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs to consider an offer of a price of 240,000 Euros by the West Africa Aero Services Sarl for two small airplanes belonging to the government of The Gambia.