Abdoulie G. Dibba
Residents of Darsilami village which neighbours Tranquil village have told this reporter that they are eager to know whether the Gambian and Senegalese authorities have finalised the demarcation of the Senegal-Gambia border to determine where Tranquil actually belongs.
The residents noted that they were waiting for the outcome of a meeting involving the officials of the two governments who have promised to finalise the process of demarcating the border in fourteen days but that up to now they have not received any information regarding the issue.
They therefore renewed their call for the two governments to urgently resolve the issue amicably with a view to paving the way for them to continue with their normal activities.
The Secretary to the Alkalo of Darsilami, Tabun Bojang, informed this reporter that they are eager to see this issue resolve to enable them to proceed with their plans of using the area presently occupied by the Gambian troops as a car park or market as they lack these two facilities in the village in the event it is decided that Tranquil is part of the Gambia.
When this reporter contacted the Ministry of Lands and Regional Administration on the issue, Mr. Lamin Sanneh, the Permanent Secretary, indicated that there are some protocols that the authorities have to discuss and once that is done, the public will be accordingly informed about the outcome of the demarcation exercise.
PS Sanneh called on the villagers to be calm and law abiding and wait for the authorities to do their work.