By Ousman A. Marong
Nyang Njie, a renowned Gambian economist has said that drugs recently intercepted at the country’s seaport will put the Gambia on top of the map for all the wrong reasons.
“The Gambia will now be officially designated as a transshipment point. This implies that travelers from this country will henceforth be heavily scrutinized upon arrival at major airports around the world,” he stated.
Njie said on the security front, it may pose a threat to national security as drug cartels would want to use the Gambia as their staging ground for the transit of narcotics. He added that such a situation can destabilize the country’s governance system as bad governance thrives best under instability.
Commenting on the impact the drug trafficking can have on the country’s economy, Njie revealed that such drug peddling can fuel inflation on the economic front particularly on investments. He said it will also negatively impact our on the youth as well as increase crime and other social ills such as prostitution.
It could be recalled that the Gambian authorities last month seized nearly three tonnes of cocaine from a shipment marked as industrial salt originating from Ecuador.
The 118 bags of cocaine were discovered during a search of a container shipped from the port of Guayaquil in Ecuador and through Spain. The main suspect of the shipment, named as Banta Keita is said to be on the run, while his suspected accomplish has been apprehended by the police.