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The Gambia finally has a private television operator 52 years after independence. QTV will now join the state broadcaster, Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) as the only channels.
The launch of the channel was done by the Gambian president Adama Barrow and his Sierra Leonean counterpart Ernest Bai Koroma on November 30, 2017.
“The government is part of the initiative undertaken and we are equally appreciative of your firm commitment to discharge your cooperate social responsibility as expected. The road to development is a long one therefore; we need all hands on deck,” President Barrow said at the event.
QTV is part of a bigger project that that includes a sports emporium as well as a theater facility. It is owned by a local entrepreneur, Muhammed Jah. Another part of it will see the launch of a shopping mall.
The sector ministry presented the official licence for QTV’s operation a day to the launch. It is believed that the facility will provide hundreds of job opportunities for Gambians.
The Gambia has had media rights issues during the era of former leader Yahya Jammeh. Journalists were said to have been arrested and held without trial whiles others also reportedly went missing. President Adama Barrow since taking office has promised respect for media freedoms.
Activists have also launched an appeal for the government to probe the media crimes by Yahya Jammeh’s 22 years in power.
Nigerian Customs: Cars importation ban Remains.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has maintained that the ban on importation of used and new vehicles into the country through land borders remains.
The comptroller-general of customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd), said this on Monday, June 24, when he spoke at the official launch of a bilateral trade platform at Seme border.
a letter from our Editor-in-Chief Bayo Olupohunda According to Ali, the Nigeria Customs Service will not open land border for importation of used vehicles.
He, however, said the government was interested in the success of the connectivity platform that would facilitate border trade between Nigeria and Benin.
Ali urged that stakeholders should embrace the platform to enable the two countries to achieve seamless operations and trade facilitation as this would assist genuine traders.
“We are envisaging compliance, and we hope we get compliance; where individual decides not to comply, then the customs will ensure there is no illicit trafficking between the two countries,”
The NCS boss noted that through the platform, false declaration of goods and some other illegal activities, experienced due to manual operation, would stop.