Banjul (IP) -  A group of young people called "Concerned Gambians" staged a protest, in Banjul, the Gambia. They demanded that the bill, which aims to increase the salaries, allowances, and pensions of judicial officers and judges, be scrapped. 

Iran Press/Africa: The protesters, expressing frustration and anger, argued that the government should prioritize increasing the wages of teachers, security personnel, and other junior civil servants over raising the compensation for judicial officers and judges. They called the proposed bill discriminatory and claimed that it would negatively impact the country's economy.

The protesters on July 8, 2024, presented a statement at the National Assembly, calling for fair compensation for all civil servants, greater accountability among members of Parliament, promotion of social justice, and the introduction of a new pay scale for all civil servants. They handed over their petition to the Speaker of the National Assembly.

Lamin Manneh is the spoke person for 'Concern Gambians.' An Iran press reporter was there and filed this report from Banjul.

Lamin Manneh spoke person of 'Concern Gambians' and emphasized their discontent.

'We as concerned citizens and Taxpayers who auth to be served by members of the National Assembly as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of the Gambia are unequivocally opposed to the proposed bills that are aimed at serving the interest and enriching members of Parliament and the Judiciary over the General public. The spokesperson of the Concerned Gambians stated.

The bill was proposed at a time when a majority of Civil Servants and private sector employees bearly feed their families on salaries of half a month due to the escalating cost of living.

The majority of the young people are unemployed leaving them vulnerable to drugs and irregular Migration, addressing this unfortunate condition that the majority of Gambians face should be the focus of a house that should be the guide of the people, making that addressing the Aims and Aspirations of the Gambian people, Lamin Manneh argued.