By Lamin Njie

The Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs has clarified that the 500 million dalasis announced by the government in response to the coronavirus crisis is available.

“The million dollar question is the 500 million. It’s available and it’s ready for disbursement,” Mambury Njie told lawmakers at the National Assembly in Banjul on Friday.

It comes as questions continue to be raised over the money – whether it is available or only in paper.

The finance minister’s clarification now means The Gambia has over one billion dalasis in coronavirus money after World Bank gave the country 10 million dollars.

The crisis has also seen the IMF triggering a staggering 47 million dollars credit facility for the country.