By Olimatou Coker
Yonna, one of the biggest forex bureaus in the country with over 40 branches of money transfer service in the Gambia, has recently opened a new branch in Kiang Kwinella in LRR.
Speaking at the official inaugural ceremony, Siaka Jatta, the deputy governor of LRR, expressed delight at the opening of the branch in his region.
“I would like to assign the people of LRR to take this company as their own because if it fails, it means we cannot have anything here anymore,” he noted.
He said his people will not suffer anymore to go to Soma or anywhere to receive or send money because Yonna has now brought it to their doorsteps.
He urged the securities to be more vigilant in protecting the structure.
Representing the governor of Central Bank of The Gambia, Karafa Jobateh said the Central Bank is responsible for the licensing of all financial institutions in this country and Yonna is under one of the categories.
He clarified that Yonna is a non-banking institution and that people should not go there to save their money as that falls outside its mandate.
“Instead, go to Yonna Forex Bureau and conduct all your money transfers, including local and international money transfers,” he said.
Alkalo of the village, Lang Manjang, said they are very much delighted while thanking Yonna for facilitating their monetary transactions.
For his part, Momodou Barrow, head of finance, gave a brief background of Yonna Foreign Exchange Bureau, saying it has been in existence since June 2008.
Compliance officer, Lamin F. Ceesay, urged the people of kiang to work hand-in-glove to support the bureau while advising Kiangkas and the surroundings to take ownership of the company because the company does not belong to Yonna Forex Bureau but to them.