The presidency said 40 sites are engulfed in land dispute and president has set up an interim crisis management committee to take temporary measures until the land commission is set up.
The operations of the fish meal companies in Sanyang and Kartong, two coastal fishing villages in Kombo South, have halted on orders of the Government, the presidency said on Wednesday.
Both companies, according to authorities, have failed to fulfill the required standards needed for such business.
“The operations of the fish mean in Sanyang has been suspended until the requirements are fulfilled. Also, the one in Kartong has been closed because the water treatment plant is not in the right shape and the case has been taken to court,” the spokesperson of the presidency Amie Bojang said at a press conference at State House.
“Meanwhile, the president has been informed that the village development chairman wants the plant (at Kartong) to be opened but the technical advice the president get is that the factory cannot reopen unless it has the required standards.”
There are three fish meal factories operating in Kombo South with another one, Golden Lead, operating in Gunjur.
Several activists claim the activities of the companies are affecting the environment.
The National Assembly Committee on Environment has actually recommended the shutting down of all two except Golden Lead that they said has a treatment plant.
Meanwhile, Gambia government has also identified 40 hotspots where there are disputes over land with an effort to resolving them.
“The president gave an assignments to find out about hotspot in the area of land dispute and it has been reported that 40 sites have been identified and these sites are under disputes. Therefore, the president has set up an interim crisis management committee to take temporary measures until the land commission has been set up,” said Bojang.
Since the regime change in Gambia, there has been several clashes in various communities over land.
The presidency also informed the journalists of the introduction of government vehicle policy which has been finalized, pending the approval of the lawmakers.