Public Health and Environmental Officers Demand More Allowances, Threaten Nationwide Strike


The Alkamba Times (TAT) is aware of a nationwide strike action mooted by the Association of Public and Environmental Officers of the Gambia (APHEOG) their umbrella body, which is a press release on Monday 4th April 2022, confirmed the planned protest.

Sources informed TAT that the strike could go ahead throughout the country if the government fails to approve their proposed increase in allowances.

Sources at the Ministry of Health and the Directorate of Public Health have confirmed being aware of the planned protest, and that should the Health Ministry fail to meet the demand by 5th April 2022, all essential public health services will be locked down throughout the country.

They corroborated the information that the strike was contemplated after the Ministry refused to increase the allowances of members of the association, after increasing that of doctors and nurses.

“I can tell you that this strike will be conducted nationwide and all public health and environmental officers will put down their tools if Ministry failed to honor and approve our allowances.

“We have been very patient for more than a year. It is only the allowances of public and environmental officers that have not been increased,” a public health officer told our reporter.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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