By Adama Tine
The Ministry of Information has disclosed that the Gambia and Sierra Leone have mutually agreed to waive residential permits for their nationals.
The statement revealed that the visit to Sierra Leone last April by President Adama Barrow has yielded benefits; after a fruitful meeting with the Gambian community in Sierra Leone where various issues affecting communal life were discussed.
The statement explained that during his visit the most prominent outcome was the payment of alien residence permits which according to the Gambian community, was very expensive for them. They appealed to President Barrow to engage his Sierra Leonean counterpart, President Maada Bio, to come to mutually beneficial solutions to ease the financial burden affecting citizens of both countries.
The statement further indicated that President Barrow who values the wellbeing of Gambians everywhere, immediately engaged President Bio particularly, in recognition of the two countries’ longstanding historic ties; that subsequently, both countries agreed to reciprocally waive residential permits for their respective citizens staying in either country.
It also said that the modalities of the new arrangement are captured in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Republics of Sierra Leone and the Gambia, in Freetown, on the 28th day of October 2021.
“Gambia’s Interior Minister Yankuba N. Sonko, singed the MoU on behalf of the Gambia Government while David Maurice Panda-Noah, Sierra Leonean Minister of Internal Affairs, signed on behalf of his Government,” the release states.