Road harassment: MCC wants to stop the payment of 1000 CFA francs at the borders with the Gambia and Guinea Bissau

Ziguinchor, Feb. 25 (APS) - The ECOWAS Citizens' House (CMC) in Ziguinchor on Tuesday raised awareness and information boards to lift the constraints that hamper the free movement of people and goods on this road, the APS noted. During an observation, awareness and information caravan, MCC officials, accompanied by chiefs of villages, local elected representatives and youth structures, traveled along the Ziguinchor-Séléty road, passing through Bignona, Kataba And Diouloulou. An action intended in particular to denounce the obligation for drivers to pay a sum of 1000 francs at the borders with the Gambia and Guinea Bissau, in violation of the rules of free movement in ECOWAS.'' The aim is to note, together with the various actors, the obstacles to the free movement of people and goods on this corridor, to list the number of checks and, above all, to call for the ending of payment of 1000 CFA francs by drivers, "said MCC coordinator Alexandre Gomis.
"It is not normal that people who belong to the ECOWAS area pay when circulating on the Community space. Along the borders, sometimes trucks filled with perishable goods are blocked for days or even weeks. This is contrary to the spirit of ECOWAS, "Mr Gomis said.

At the Bignona stage of this caravan, Mayor Mamadou Lamine Keita welcomed a "happy initiative that deserves the support of poplulation and local communities".
"The boundaries have been determined without regard to our own interests. It is a real problem for Africa because elsewhere border delineation is geographical, historical and even sociological, "Keita said, calling for a fight to" erase Frontiers, even if only on the psychological and economic level ".
"Harassment is becoming common in sub-regional corridors. The drivers are blocked all the time because the procedures are heavy, with a large number of papers required before the passing of people and goods, "said Youssouph Sagna, general secretary of the Regroupement des chauffeurs et transporters de Bignona .
The ECOWAS Citizens' House is a project of Enda CACID (African Center for Trade, Integration and Development) whose tasks are based on the free movement of goods and people, facilitation of intra-regional trade and The strengthening of Community citizenship.

Source : APS

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