Gambian VP: My country will collapse if Nigeria withdraws its support
Fatoumata Tambajang of The Gambia, the Vice-President Gambia would collapse says collapse if Nigerian professionals in the country withdraw their services or leave the country.
Fatoumata made it known, at a dinner that was organized for the Nigerian delegation to the Commission 62nd on the status of women (CSW) at the Nigeria House, New York.
The VP, Mamadou Tangara, the ambassador/permanent representative of The Gambia to the United Nations, appreciate Nigeria for its great support to her nation.
“Gambia is very grateful to Nigeria for its support. If Nigeria withdraws its support, Gambia will collapse,” she said.
“In particular, if the Nigerian professionals in the judiciary withdraw, Gambia’s judiciary will collapse.
Nigeria has the huge number of foreign nationals that live in the Gambia, which is about 30,000 population.
About, six of Gambia’s 12 banks are owned and managed by Nigerians.
A Nigerian that bears Emmanuel Ayoola was the chief justice of The Gambia from 1983 to 1992 while Emmanuel Fagbenle was the chief justice of the country from 2015 to 2017.
Before then, both of them had earlier served as justices of the court of appeal of The Gambia.
The majority of the senior professional staff in the ministry of justice, on the other hand, are Nigerian lawyers provided through technical assistance programme.
In 2017, The Gambia Bar Association had to protest against the newly appointed Nigerian high court judges – Edward Ogar, Mathias Agboola, Simeon Abi and Martins Okoi.
Nigerian professionals, including teachers and doctors, are in the Gambia under the technical aids corps scheme, launched by the Nigerian government to assist other African countries, as a practical demonstration of South-South cooperation.