Banjul: Fewer checkpoints but delays on highway


By Sailu Bah Calm, in terms of checks, has finally returned to the capital city ofBanjui Banjul following the tense security climate which prevailed in the aftermath of the reported 30 December 2014 foiled armed attack on State House.The military checks or searches which were mounted both within and outside the city are still in place but have significantly reduced in number and intensity. Residents have also observed fewer armed soldiers patrolling the streets of Banjul now. However, the commuters using the Banjul-Serekunda highway have observed that the 4 military check points on the highway, although fewer now, do sometimes lead to long queues and delays as passengers are asked to produce national identity cards and some vehicles searched. A regular traveller from the North Bank Region who comes to the Kombos often explained that he nearly missed the last ferry from Banjul in one of his visits due to the delay he encountered when he was returning home. Alieu Ceesay, a resident of Banjul, said he always moves about with his ID Card as failure to do so can lead to inconvenient encounters with the Immigration officials and soldiers as well. He applauded the security for their work, adding that check points are necessary as the security of the people is paramount and should always be ensured by the government. He however lamented the numerous checks that people encounter while traveling. He noted that the lesser the check points the better. “I am therefore appealing to the authorities to reduce the check points to facilitate easy movement and enable people to transact businesses on other missions on time,” he said. He added that these delays can have negative economic implications on individuals and businesses.]]>

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