Sandika president denies allegations of wet groundnut business
Thursday, April 12, 2012
The president of the Sandika Fruit Sellers Association has denied in strong terms, the allegations that his members at the Serekunda Sandika engage in illegal selling of wet groundnuts tobuyers.
Abuboucarr Sarr, who was speaking in a recent Daily Observer interview, said the allegations are false and lack merit; that they intended to tarnish the image and good reputation of the genuine people engaged in a legal business.
His reactionhas come in the wake of allegations that some vendors at the said place areengaged in the selling of wet groundnuts to people, which runs contrary tothe existing laws.
“We are Gambians involved in purchasing and selling of locally produced goods for the local markets and export. We also process various farm productssuch as groundnut, coos, corns among others, into various user- friendly forms for either local or external consumption.
We are also concerned and committed to the promotion of food security and production of hygienic food items for our customers and such has been the rational [behind] the sustainability of Sandika markets over the years,” Sarr remarked.
Sarr argued that without a healthy business, the Sandika markets across the country would have been closed by now, noting that due to their interest, love and respect for the health and welbeing of both Gambians and non-Gambians, the Sandika is still alive.
He therefore reiterated that the allegations are baseless, and unfounded, while advising the masses to desist from making such serious allegations; saying theycan have grave negative impact.
The president disclosed to thatameeting was convened by his association and its parent body, The Gambia Transport Agriculture Food & Industrial Workers Union, where the said allegation was discussed and resoulutions made to that effect.
Author: Sanna Jawara