Members of the Gambia Transport, Food and Agricultural Industrial Workers Union (GTFAIWU) have said that they were barred from mining at the sand mining area in Gunjur, after been given green light by relevant authorities to do so. The mining area was closed for 11 months as the police barred union members from mining in the area.
According to Famara Saidy, GTFAIWU National Coordinator, they had a consultation meeting with the Minister of Interior and the Inspector General of Police who told them that there’s no specify day or time to mine or transport sand from the area urging them to continue their work.
However to their dismay, when they started mining, the Gunjur Police came and asked them to stop their work and report to the police station immediately, said Mr Saidy.
Mr Saidy further lamented that upon arrival at the Gunjur Police station, Officer Commanding- OC Kujabi told us that they got instruction from the top officials to stop them from mining in the area,”
He called on the police to stop interfering with their job, and allow them operate freely, because they have clearance to continue their work.
Mr Saidy blames the deputy IGP who did told them that he will not allow them to operate unless Government give them a clear document to do so.
Mr Saidy however said they are going to meet the IGP on Monday to thrash out the issue.
Omar Touray, a member for reaffirmed that they have the authority to operate, but are having problems with the cooperation of the police in the area.
He expressed the need for understanding between the unionists and the police, instead of subjecting them to hardships and suffering
By A Correspondent