Gambian philanthropist reaches out to Mile 2 inmates

Friday, December 22, 2017

A Gambian philanthropist based in Denmark, Sulayman Sawaneh recently extended his magnanimity, with the donation of 200 bed sheets, 1 big new freezer and 80 small towels to the inmates at Mile 2 State Central Prisons along Banjul Highway.

Presenting the items, Sulayman Sawaneh explained that the rationale behind the gesture is to complement government’s efforts in national development.

“Government alone cannot do it all, thus the need for Gambians especially those in the Diaspora to come in and contribute their quota to the development of the country whether in kind or in cash.”

He added; “These bed sheets and towels am presenting here are not charity from Dennis people but they were purchased by my own money because I have the feeling that nobody should come and develop our own country for us.”

He therefore called on all Gambians in the Diaspora to be part of the New Gambia’s development process by doing something progressive for the country.

Receiving the items, Ansumana Manneh, director general of Mile 2 State Central Prisons, expressed appreciation to the donor for what he described as a timely gesture.

Manneh hailed the donor for his assistance, reminding the gathering that Sawaneh was the first Gambian to introduce radio system to enable inmates knows what is happening in the country and beyond.

The donor, he added, did not only stop at that but also equipped prison rooms with TVs as well as donated blood pressure machine and others to the inmates.

Manneh equally informed the Denmark base philanthropist about the rapid transformation taking shape at the country’s biggest detention centre.

“The Mile 2 today is far different from its state in the past 22 years, because so many things were changed, ranging from inmates food, accommodation, shelter and many others,” Manneh revealed.

However, he lamented that the inmates need proper care as human-beings, noting that they can be productive citizens when they leave prison.

Also speaking, Lamin B. Darboe, commended the donor for his foresight.

“Sawaneh has donated bed sheets to over 100 health facilities throughout the country and these bed sheets were delivered to the doorsteps of the beneficiaries,” he said.

He described the donor as a patriotic citizen of The Gambia while acknowledging that he always put the interest of The Gambia first before self.

Author: Sherif Janko