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Momodou



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Posted - 23 Jan 2019 :  13:18:57  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
[size=4]Bah warns against ownership claim over Janjanbureh historical


The Point: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/bah-warns-against-ownership-claim-over-janjanbureh-historical-site

Hamat Bah, the minister of Tourism and Culture has issued a strong warning to those who are claiming ownership of historical sites with specific reference to Janjanbureh historical site.


Minister Bah issued this warning last Friday while presiding over the official opening of the Janjanbureh Kankurang Festival in Janjanbureh, Central River Region.

“We have a rich history and culture to make this Island a major destination, but to do that, we need to formalise and legalise certain issues particularly the ownership of certain heritage sites on the Island,” he declared.

Mr. Bah said his ministry would establish a commission with the support of other stakeholders and the community of Janjanbureh to investigate those who are claiming ownership of the historical site of the Island.

“Nobody can claim ownership of national assets.These assets belong to the people of The Gambia. Yes, they can be managed by the community of Janjanbureh,” he said.“I can assure you that this government is going to establish a committee or a commission to be led by prominent Gambian historians including citizens of this community to establish the true ownership and how those who are claiming to own this and how they became owners of this site.”

“As a government, we will restore what we have lost particularly in this Island.”

“We will stand firm as a government and get that done. We cannot afford to see such a historic house; the last leg of the journey where they departed through the Atlantic Ocean as slaves to look like the way it is looking there. Government will invest money, and will do the right thing to maintain this facility, but the issue of ownership must be established without doubt and we are determined to do that.”

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Posted - 23 Jan 2019 :  15:19:11  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"“We have a rich history and culture to make this Island a major destination, but to do that, we need to formalise and legalise certain issues particularly the ownership of certain heritage sites on the Island,” he declared."

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/bah-warns-against-ownership-claim-over-janjanbureh-historical-site

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WHAT !!!................... PRIVATE people actually OWNING their own piece of land and making money from the many tourists who will flock there, can't have that it belongs to US members of the gvernment, they may say.
It is true that tourism is an ESSENTIAL part of Gambia's economy,in this case the present owners of the land & buildings have I suspect, NO MONEY to develop it.
In an ideal world the government should restore the buildings and recoupe their costs by giving the land owner a SPECIFIED amount of money under a signed and witnessed LEGAL AGREEMENT for thir use of the land & buildings.
BUT THIS IS FAR FROM AN IDEAL WORLD !

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

Edited by - toubab1020 on 23 Jan 2019 15:26:54
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