Abubaccar Tambadou, the Gambia’s Justice Minister said that migration is a very complex and multi-faceted issue that requires multi-sectorial approach.
He made these remarks at the National Assembly, while responding to issues raised by MPs on behalf of the Foreign Affairs Minister, Ousainou Darboe, who left to attend his party`s local rally in Banjul.
According to Tambedou, a ministerial task force has been set up to coordinate government’s approach and response to the various facets of migration issues, citing it as complex and multi-faceted issue that requires a coordinated multi-sectorial approach.
“Under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an inter-ministerial committee has been established to coordinate the issue”, said Tambedou.
On the building of an International Conference Centre commissioned by the government, he said he believes that the money used for that could have been used for other issues.
And added that it is an opportunity cost for every program or action, saying the conference will allow the country to host sub-regional and international conferences, which will create benefits for the country, such as allowing the country to host the forthcoming organization of Islamic cooperation conference, host ECOWAS conferences among many other benefits, which in the long term are good for The Gambia.
On Libya, he added that the Foreign Affairs Ministry on behalf of the Gambia Government, has issued a statement condemning the reported auctioning of black African slaves that is taken place there.
He said he is also informed that the AU Humanitarian Affairs Unit had conducted an investigative mission in Libya and are now compiling a report on the issue and that The Gambia government is been fully supportive of this efforts.
Tambedou says he is also informed that funds are available for the flag cars in London and it is left to the Embassy to procure one; that he is also informed that the Foreign Affairs Ministry is doing everything humanly possible to ensure that Gambian Foreign Embassies are catered for all they need to properly represent the country in their respective countries in a dignified manner.
“Every effort is been made to ensure that a flag car is available to all the country’s Embassies in the world”, he added.
He stated that he is informed that since the installation of the new regime, there has been no single report of neglect of Gambians abroad and that the Embassies are made to understand that their primary responsibilities includes taking care of the Gambians outside the country.