The issue of Green WiFi
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Yesterday, we carried a front page article captioned: "Green WIFI comes to The Gambia.
" In it we highlighted the outcome of a visit by a "potential" investor, who is on a three-country-tour, The Gambia being his first port of call. His mission was simply to assess the possibility of establishing a pilot scheme of the so-called $100 laptop project in some lucky school somewhere in rural Gambia. But despite all its intent, that piece did not seem to have sent the message it actually intended to send. Or was it misconstrued?
Yesterday, we received a press release from the Department of State for Communication, Information and Information Technology, as published on this issue, apparently disputing the fact that Mr Bruce Baikei, who in fact held a meeting with officials from the said department and GIPFZA on the possibility of deploying the Green WiFi project in The Gambia, was a "potential" partner.
Mr Bruce Baikei, as we quite clearly indicated in the article, did not say, and we never did mention anywhere in the said article that he said that he had reached an agreement with any authority in the country. So, if it was wrong to say he is a "potential" partner we might as well say he did not come to The Gambia in the first place.
Our intention was not to influence the final decision of the department regarding the matter. All we intended to do was to highlight a positive development for our dear country; the fact that the country continues to serve as a magnet, thanks to the prevailing blissful investment environment being provided by our untiring government.