Wednesday, December 5, 2012

COMMENTARY: Gambia security officers seek fare on the street


Life in The Gambia is growing difficult by the day as economic hardship in the country continues to take its toll on almost everyone in the country.

The hardship in the country has driven many people to adopt various means of battling the harsh economic status quo, no less the national security officers some of whom have resorted to begging for transport fare, against their will.

Most of the security officers, like majority of Gambians, are finding it very difficult to even keep their heads above water as prices of basic commodities continue to skyrocket, the Dalasi continues to lose its value and people’s earning power remains stagnant, with less and less to purchase essentials of life with.

Twice, on different occasions, I have met with a security officer begging transport fare to go home after work.  One of them is an officer of the Police Intervention Unit, and the other a Fire and Rescue Services officer, both are part of the national security apparatus. 

‘Jerre jef bro, nakam, nga def’ (literally meaning thank you my brother, how you doing), the PIU officer told me one morning on my way to work. 

After I have responded to him, the officer begged for a fare to go to his house in Tabokoto. 
Few days after, on my way to work I met again with an officer of Fire and Rescue Services also begging for transport to Brikama.

“My brother, can you please help me with fare to Brikama, I just closed from work but I do not have fare to go back?” the officer appealed.

“Even if you don’t have the full fare to Brikama if I can have any amount, even D10 is good,” he added.

Even though it seemed these officers were asking for fare, the actual fact is that they were looking for some cash to help themselves.

Apart from students, security officers are keener in begging for lift when going and coming from work. Early in the morning and in the evening, security officers usually form line-ups on the roadside seeking lift to their home or going to work.  

A fire service officer has said a full fledge fire fighter – after six months of training at the training school – earns a basic salary of just D1,300.  Though there are some allowances – transport allowance (but those in the provinces get bush allowance instead of transport allowance) and house rent; all these cumulatively are not more than D800.  All the allowances and basic salary put together is just about D2,100.

“From this amount, you have to pay income tax and social security,” the officer said.  “What I am left with is always small, and expectations are high on workers - people expect so much from you - the expectations are higher than the salary you earn.”


A bag of rice cost nothing less than D850 and daily fish money of at least D50, which is the lowest somebody can go with to the market as prices of cooking condiments also continue to hike. 

Now a daily fish of D50 for 30 days of the month is D1,400, which is only fish money. D1,400 plus a cost of a bag of rice at D850 is D2,250 out of a salary of D2,100.   

You have to pay your house rent and the cheapest rent in town for a room and parlour is D500, excluding the cost of electricity and water. 

Now put together the cost of a bag of rice, fish money, and house rent is more than the basic salary in the country, how about daily needs including transport to and from work; no wonder some security officers resort to begging for lift to and from work. 

The Integrated Household Survey has it that more than 40% of those who are employed live below the poverty line of $1.25 per day. 

There is no doubt that the national security officers constitute part of the working poor, if not the greater part of it.

Security officers in The Gambia, like some other civil servants in the country, do not earn enough to pull themselves and their families above the poverty line of $1.25 per day. 

“Definitely, our work does not commensurate with the salary we earn; the work is too much,” a fire service officer lamented.  

However, the officer chose fire service as a career because “the job is clean”.  “The job is very much clean compared to Police and the Immigration, where you can be getting some small things, sometimes illegally, before month ends to subsidize yourself,” the officer claims. 

There is no much difference between fire service officer and other officers of The Gambia’s security apparatus in terms of their monthly earnings – legal earnings.

The fact is that the need for salary increment is greater now more than ever, as workers’ earning power, particularly civil servants, continues to get weaker and weaker by the day while prices of commodities continue to go into the stratosphere.

57 comments:

  1. Spot on with this write-up, I really think this amazing site needs far more attention.
    I'll probably be returning to read through more, thanks for the info!
    My webpage - samson tobacco

    ReplyDelete
  2. Good post. I'm experiencing some of these issues as well..
    My site Binary Options Brokers

    ReplyDelete
  3. Pretty great post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to mention that I've really loved surfing around your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing on your rss feed and I'm hoping you write once more very
    soon!
    Here is my web-site ed options

    ReplyDelete
  4. Why people still make use of to read news papers when in this technological globe everything is
    accessible on web?
    Here is my homepage ... easy online investing

    ReplyDelete
  5. I every time spent my half an hour to read this blog's articles every day along with a mug of coffee.
    Feel free to visit my website tips for evaluating affiliate marketing business

    ReplyDelete
  6. Valuable information. Fortunate me I found your site accidentally, and I'm shocked why this twist of fate didn't happened earlier!
    I bookmarked it.
    Feel free to visit my website ... online Penny stocks

    ReplyDelete
  7. I really like your blog.. very nice cоlors &
    theme. Diԁ yоu create this websitе yourself
    οr did уou hire ѕomeone tο ԁo it fοr you?
    Ρlz respond as I'm looking to create my own blog and would like to know where u got this from. many thanks
    Here is my web blog : http://Yourrelationshipfixer.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. Have you ever thought about including a little bit
    more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is important and all.
    Nevertheless imagine if you added some great photos or video clips to give your posts more, "pop"!
    Your content is excellent but with pics and videos, this website could
    undeniably be one of the best in its field.

    Amazing blog!
    My homepage - Young teen take huge cock in her mouth and pussy

    ReplyDelete
  9. My partner and I stumbled over here coming from a different web address and thought I might as well check
    things out. I like what I see so now i am following you.
    Look forward to going over your web page again.
    Visit my website : elite work from home group

    ReplyDelete
  10. What's up, everything is going sound here and ofcourse every one is sharing data, that's in
    fact good, keep up writing.
    My web page: drunk teens

    ReplyDelete
  11. Good day! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of
    my previous room mate! He always kept talking about this. I
    will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good
    read. Thanks for sharing!
    Check out my web site - teenporn

    ReplyDelete
  12. Howdy, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one
    and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam comments?
    If so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?

    I get so much lately it's driving me mad so any assistance is very much appreciated.
    My page > Blonde beauty opens wide

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter
    updates. I've been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.
    Here is my web site - free teen porn

    ReplyDelete
  14. Every weekend i used to visit this website, for the reason that i
    wish for enjoyment, since this this web site conations actually nice funny data
    too.
    Review my site : nude teens

    ReplyDelete
  15. Dang, I just inserted an extended and also detailed remark, in case I used to
    help post it my own Traveler rammed. Could it have been by some means ended up saving or even do I need to remodel this?
    Review my web blog : Genital Warts Cream

    ReplyDelete
  16. I wanted to thank you for this excellent read!! I certainly enjoyed every little bit of it.
    I have you book-marked to look at new things you post…
    Here is my page :: starting a work from home business ideas

    ReplyDelete
  17. Properly, your article will be a hottest subject within this windows registry connected issue.

    My partner and i participate in ones data and definately will thirstily expect the approaching changes.

    Just announcing many thanks will not just be adequate, to the unparalleled
    lucidity with your publishing. Let me straight away
    get hold of ones rss feed to settle up to date with virtually any changes.
    Also visit my site :: treatmentforgenitalwarts.info

    ReplyDelete
  18. Incredible points. Outstanding arguments. Keep up the great spirit.
    Also see my web page - jobs you can work from home

    ReplyDelete
  19. I loved as much as you'll receive carried out right here. The sketch is tasteful, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get bought an nervousness over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly again as exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this increase.
    My site :: old holborn

    ReplyDelete
  20. This is the perfect blog for everyone who wishes to find out about this topic.
    You understand a whole lot its almost hard to argue with
    you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa).
    You definitely put a new spin on a topic that's been discussed for many years. Great stuff, just great!
    My web site : sky sports football transfer news

    ReplyDelete
  21. My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post's to be exactly what I'm looking for.

    can you offer guest writers to write content in your case? I wouldn't mind producing a post or elaborating on a few of the subjects you write regarding here. Again, awesome site!
    Here is my webpage transfer news premier league january 2013

    ReplyDelete
  22. Appreciating the commitment you put into your website and detailed information you provide.
    It's great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the same outdated rehashed
    material. Fantastic read! I've bookmarked your site and I'm adding
    your RSS feeds to my Google account.

    Here is my website ... day trading newsletter

    ReplyDelete
  23. Asking questions are in fact nice thing if you are not understanding anything totally, but this piece of writing provides
    fastidious understanding yet.

    My web site ... see more

    ReplyDelete
  24. Useful information. Fortunate me I discovered your site by accident, and I am
    shocked why this accident didn't happened in advance! I bookmarked it.

    My blog - forex trading systems
    Also see my web page :: online penny stocks

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wow, amazing weblog format! How lengthy have you been blogging
    for? you make running a blog glance easy. The total look of your site is fantastic,
    let alone the content!

    Also visit my web-site ... visit
    My site: visit

    ReplyDelete
  26. Great goods from you, man. I've understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely fantastic. I really like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you're saying and the way in
    which you say it. You make it entertaining and you
    still take care of to keep it smart. I can't wait to read far more from you. This is actually a tremendous site.

    Feel free to visit my web page ... visit

    ReplyDelete
  27. Hi, just wanted to tell you, I liked this blog post.
    It was helpful. Keep on posting!

    Have a look at my page: canadian online casino
    Also see my webpage :: www.7sultans.eu

    ReplyDelete
  28. I used to be recommended this web site by way of my cousin.
    I am now not certain whether this publish is written through him as nobody else understand such distinct approximately my trouble.
    You are amazing! Thanks!

    my webpage ... visit

    ReplyDelete
  29. Useful information. Fortunate me I found your site by chance, and I'm surprised why this coincidence didn't took place earlier!

    I bookmarked it.

    My website - http://collegeorg...

    ReplyDelete
  30. Definitely believe that that you stated. Your favorite justification seemed to be at the internet the simplest factor to remember of.
    I say to you, I definitely get irked while other people
    think about worries that they plainly do not recognise about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top as
    smartly as outlined out the whole thing without having side effect , other folks could take a signal.
    Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

    Also visit my webpage - forex trading strategies

    ReplyDelete
  31. A huge dick in my pussy,any warm wet tounge up my own arse and cum and pussy juice all over me.
    Fuck, ozzy

    Look at my web site :: hcg injections

    ReplyDelete
  32. I'm amazed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog that's
    both equally educative and interesting, and let me tell you, you have
    hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about.
    I'm very happy I found this during my search for something relating to this.

    Here is my site; A directory with nubile actresses for the fashion business

    ReplyDelete
  33. Your style is really unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from.
    I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I'll just bookmark this site.

    my website; quantrim

    ReplyDelete
  34. However, if you can get the HD / desktop dock, and some mysterious
    button / possible SIM slot in the middle of winter.
    As to aural performance, the loudspeaker on the back end, you can basically
    enjoy all the music you can find out sexcam quickly what
    is happening.

    my web-site; sex chat

    ReplyDelete
  35. Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning
    this article plus the rest of the site is also really good.


    Feel free to surf to my site - click the up coming website page

    ReplyDelete
  36. If you are going for most excellent contents
    like myself, just visit this website all the time because it presents quality
    contents, thanks

    my weblog; more tips here

    ReplyDelete
  37. (Thank you rounds are always welcome, of course.
    Below are listed a few popular pubs where one can chill in Mumbai.
    The buccal cavity is a small cavity that has neither jaws nor teeth.


    Take a look at my blog post - free quiz answer sheets

    ReplyDelete
  38. The players would begin as members of the SCA, going to Phoenix for the Estrella War.
    The game was released on August 3, and is in stores now, but probably is where it will remain, sad to say.
    Play games all night long in keeping with the twenties theme such
    as various card games and crossword puzzles.

    Have a look at my homepage ... student loan consolidation

    ReplyDelete
  39. Narrow blood vessels lie alongside the intestines of the earthworm and they absorb the nutrients from the alimentary canal feeding the rest of the body.
    You must definitely be planning to make it special and memorable by keeping a good theme,
    ordering the best food and choosing the best games.
    The Bull's Head Pub, Bangkok.

    Here is my homepage pub quiz team names

    ReplyDelete
  40. We're a bunch of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your web site provided us with valuable information to work on. You have done a formidable job and our whole neighborhood will likely be thankful to you.

    Feel free to surf to my web page ... paris denim desires

    ReplyDelete
  41. Howdy! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog.
    Is it very difficult to set up your own blog? I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I'm thinking about making my own but
    I'm not sure where to begin. Do you have any points or suggestions? Thank you

    Here is my homepage rifle targets free

    ReplyDelete
  42. First of all I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick question
    that I'd like to ask if you don't mind. I was interested to find
    out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing.
    I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there.

    I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost
    simply just trying to figure out how to begin.
    Any recommendations or tips? Thanks!

    Also visit my webpage; visit website

    ReplyDelete
  43. Hey there I am so thrilled I found your weblog, I really found
    you by accident, while I was searching on Bing for something else,
    Anyways I am here now and would just like to say kudos for a tremendous post and a all
    round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design),
    I don't have time to look over it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the great job.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Hi my family member! I wish to say that this article is awesome,
    nice written and include approximately all significant infos.
    I would like to look more posts like this .

    Here is my web page: http://girlmovies.net/videos/best-girlfriends-515.html

    ReplyDelete
  45. It's beyond horrible Here in the Boston area, we've all been shaken by fleshlight the news that comes out of the international currency
    exchange marketplace. From Windows, run Acronis True Image Home will then
    delete fleshlight the partition on the destination drive, then choose Properties.
    It's pretty gay, but it's definitely a positive shift in
    the experience, though it doesn't touch the Droid in terms of industrial design.

    ReplyDelete
  46. I'm excited to find this web site. I wanted to thank you for ones time for this fantastic read!! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it and i also have you book marked to check out new information in your website.

    Also visit my page: Teen Sex Movies

    ReplyDelete
  47. This website definitely has all of the information and facts I
    wanted concerning this subject and didn't know who to ask.

    Have a look at my weblog ... www.jnmassage.info

    ReplyDelete
  48. Asking questions are actually fastidious thing if
    you are not understanding anything entirely, but this post gives pleasant
    understanding yet.

    Here is my homepage - http://www.cfnmfever.net

    ReplyDelete
  49. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long comment
    but after I clicked submit my comment didn't show up. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all
    that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say fantastic blog!


    Feel free to surf to my site :: chat Girls

    ReplyDelete
  50. great points altogether, you simply received a logo new reader.

    What might you recommend about your publish that you just made some days in the past?
    Any positive?

    Stop by my website Sex xxx

    ReplyDelete
  51. WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for verizon upgrade

    my webpage :: taking off her wet bikini

    ReplyDelete
  52. Thanks for finally writing about > "COMMENTARY: Gambia security officers seek fare on the street"
    < Loved it!

    my weblog :: Recommended Resource site

    ReplyDelete
  53. When I initially commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added" checkbox and now each time
    a comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove people from that service?
    Thank you!

    my web site :: the teen

    ReplyDelete
  54. Awesome blog! Is your theme custom made or
    did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog jump out.
    Please let me know where you got your design. Appreciate it

    Here is my website :: these details

    ReplyDelete
  55. Start by moving into the fleshlight to get a good fit
    for your Frenchie. I decided to add to your Page Rank gets diluted by all the rights
    guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. So far, this tip only works in the hand than either the HD2
    or the 11. There's a lot here that is laudable like the sheer snappiness of it, fleshlight adult toys seem pretty simple - an extension of your hand that feels a little more effort to engage.

    ReplyDelete
  56. I am genuinely thankful to the holder of this site
    who has shared this impressive article at at this place.


    my blog post man chat

    ReplyDelete
  57. I'm amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that's both
    equally educative and engaging, and without a doubt, you have hit the
    nail on the head. The issue is something too few men and
    women are speaking intelligently about. Now i'm very happy that I stumbled across this in my hunt for something regarding this.

    Here is my blog; research paper outline templates

    ReplyDelete