Lack of GRTS signals still a problem in CRR

By Kebba Jeffang

People in CRR continue to complain about the lack of GRTS signals in their region and which is depriving them of information or entertainment. This reporter spoke to a number of people last weekend while at Brikamaba.

Samba Jawo from Faraba in the Central River Region said the responsibility of the media is to feed the public with the right information. He stressed that information should be accessible to people at any time they want. He challenged the media, including the radio, television and newspapers to make the public understand what is happening in the country. He queried the centralization of the media in the Kombos where it can be accessed any time the people wish.

Many football fans from Brikama-ba town and surrounding villages in the Central River Region (CRR), who talked to this reporter, expressed their dissatisfaction towards the lack of signals to enable them watch television or listen to commentary over the radio stations regarding the ongoing World Cup tournament in Brazil. They said they rely on one FM station and the video clubs to listen or view football matches which is expensive.

Lamin Faye, for his part, said it is discouraging to see communication still lagging behind in The Gambia. He said they do not have television coverage in their area and therefore they cannot watch the live games for free, meaning they have to pay nothing less than ten or fifteen dalasi to watch a single game. He explained that the World Cup is a major tournament that is eye catching in every part of the world.

One Fatou Sanneh, another football enthusiast, who was met at a video club in Brikamaba, said she came all the way from Kerewan Samba Sireh village, almost one kilometre away from Brikamaba to watch the games. She said watching football is her hobby especially the World Cup tournament.