Ecobank donates to Kairaba Police Station CID unit

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Ecobank-Gambia Limited; one of the leading Banks in the country Tuesday donated office equipment, including computers, printers and photocopy machine to the Kairaba Police Station Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The presentation ceremony was held at the Kairaba Police Station and was attended by the bank’s senior officials, the Kanifing Municipality Police Commissioner and other officers.

The bank’s head of consumer banking Ebrima Y Jobe said, they have been providing similar gesture to other corporate institutions as part of their corporate-social responsibility. “We are giving this support to the police because last year we donated some telephone equipment to the office of the Inspector General of Police.”

He said the bank appreciates what police are doing in the country and they do not see them as an isolated institution, but as part of what they do. We hope that this kind of gesture will continue.”

Kalilu Njie, Kanifing Municipality police commissioner thanked the bank for the gesture, adding that the donated equipment will go a long way in complementing their efforts in addressing some of the difficulties they are encountering.

Commissioner Njie said the police work to serve the public, promising that they will continue to do their job to the best of their ability.  “We definitely appreciate the support the bank continue to render to The Gambia Police Force. The gesture is a surprise to us and are equipment needed in our day to day work.”

He called on other financial institutions in the country to emulate Ecobank in supporting the police, saying government cannot do everything alone. “We are here for the public and we will intervene anytime our services are needed,” he said, and added, “The donated equipment will be used for the intended purpose.”

Bakary Dibba, head of the CID said one of the top challenges they were encountering when he took over in December 2018 was office equipment. “Such kind of gesture cannot be done by the GPF alone. There are institutions in the country that have their own social responsibilities just like what Ecobank did.”

He said they believed that most of their dreams have been realised because they were hardly challenged by their daily office work due to limited or no equipment like the donated ones. “In CID work, after investigation the next line of action is to write report for record and for prosecutors use and this cannot be done without technology equipment like the donated ones. We write with our hands which is very difficult.”

Mr. Dibba said they are currently using one desktop for all their work. “When it is time to print our documents, only God knows the difficulties we go through. The IGP is always out to solve these problems but it is challenging and not easy with the management of the police.”     

Author: Momodou Jawo