By: Dawda Baldeh
Adama Barrow leader of the National People’s Party (NPP) has on Wednesday 10th November 2021 promised to pay traditional Gambian village chiefs (Alkalo’s) the sum of 3000 Dalasis monthly if re-elected as president.
Barrow made this announcement at Farafenni during his campaign meeting on Wednesday night. The incumbent who is seeking re-election said since The Gambia attained independence, Alkalo’s has never been paid.
The Alkalo is the traditional Gambian village Chief of the founding family however, today they are elected.
The Alkalo’s duties and responsibilities include tax collection, liaison between the village and local councils, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and land allocation as well as the mediation of disputes at the village level.
“If the President, Ministers, Governors, Chiefs and Councillors are being paid, why are Alkalo’s not being paid?” the president asked. “I will put that to an end come January 2022,” he added.
“I will start paying Alkalo’s salaries across the country where each will receive 3000 Dalasis per month,” he said. The NPP leader added that Alkalo’s are working closely with the government, and they cannot be neglected. According to him, this is part of his commitment to strengthening democracy in the country.
Barrow was speaking on a range of issues during his campaign at North Bank Region. He promised to empower citizens in the country particularly the youth.
The initiative if implemented will help to minimize the burden on Alkalo’s.
Barrow further revealed that he will end opposition in the country through his development goals. “Come 2022, I will end opposition in this country due to my government’s commitment to serving the best interest of the country,” he said.
As part of his campaign promises, the NPP leader said Gambians have already decided to vote him in. “On the 5th of December 2021, I will break the banks and invite you all to the State House for a party.” President Barrow said, sounding rather optimistic
He also spoke about projects his government has embarked on, citing the Hakalang, Sabal Sanjal, Saloum-Nianija and Kiang Keneba Roads among others.
President Barrow continues his campaign today