The Deputy Managing Director of The Gambia Ports Authority (GPA), Ousman Jobarteh, has stated that police presence at GPA’s ferry terminals is adding value to the work of the Authority.
“We understand the mandate of the police is to protect life and property and GPA recognised the role being played by police at Banjul-Barra ferry terminals,” Jobarteh said, while speaking recently at the GPA head office in Banjul during the handing over of office equipment to the Barra Police Station.
The donation was in response to a request made by the said Station. “So if there is anything that we do to add value to your operations, it is like we are helping ourselves because your presence at the terminals keeps order, maintains security and safety without which the operations of ferry services will leave much to be desired.”
Jobarteh said the Banjul and Barra ferry terminals are major transit points, adding that it has now being classified as an international gateway. “It is a point where majority of passengers are crossing in and out of the country.”
The GPA DMD noted that the collaboration between the Police and the Authority has been cordial and long in existence. “We tent to collaborate more as stakeholders because we are all working for the same cause.”
Jobarteh stated that the GPA is satisfied with the relationship that has been exiting between officers of Barra Police Station and the Ports’ security on the grounds, especially in Barra. “Our securities are doing their work effectively because of the support rendered to them by the police; it gives our security more comfort to be able to do their work.”
Wassa Camara, Police Commissioner for the North Bank Region, commended GPA for the continued support to the Barra Police Station. This support, he added, ranges from the refurbishment of the said station and now the donation of office equipment.
by Omar Wally