By Yusupha Bojang
Grants to our government are targeted by the donors. They come up with the offers. It would have been better if grants were requested by our government. Grants like a crime lab, CCTVs, Biometrics and other targeted grants might not be what ordinary Gambians urgently need now. Huge amounts of money that could have been better spent on more pressing socioeconomic needs are granted for a kind of an Orwellian state apparatus build up. Would have been easier to swallow if these grants were not overly security focused.
Perhaps when loans coupled with grants are targeted towards fighting the scourge of poverty, we might not want Orwellian state gadgets so desperately.
Reps of the government can point out areas where these huge sums of money can be better spent. Billions of dalasis being spent on less urgent programs is hard to work out.
Targeted investment in the socioeconomic development of the people is what we urgently need now not targeted grants in a police state gears.
One would like to be proven wrong on this issue but these targeted grants are not being targeted to areas that desperately need targeted grants.
We need hospitals and drugs, road networks and electricity, affordable access to the internet and education. Not to mention our boys and girls embarking on dangerous journeys through the back way in trying to get to Europe due to lack of opportunities in the country. No, we going to grant you CCTVs, a crime lab, biometrics and what have you. Grants from the donors going back to entities from the donor countries and we are left with more resources draining white elephants.
I don’t understand.