Ministry of the Interior over the weekend presented 28 new vehicles to the
Gambia Police Force to support the department in combating crime.
The Ministry of the Interior secured funds from the World Bank to help provide the police with functional front-line vehicles alongside modern communication gadgets.
The fleet comprising 24 pick-up trucks and four station wagons were handed over at a ceremony held at the Kairaba Police Station.
The new Interior Minister, Habib Saihou Drammeh, presiding over the handover ceremony, noted that security agencies under the ministry are logistically handicapped in providing adequate security to the country.
Minister Drammeh said the new vehicles intended to show solidarity with the people they are entrusted with the responsibility to serve and protect all as Gambians.
The 1.5 million dollars budgetary support deal was sealed in March by Drammeh’s predecessor Mai Ahmad Fatty when he approached a World Bank and IMF delegation about supporting Gambia law enforcement.
The money, which came through the Ministry of Finance, is to be used to purchase patrol vehicles, motorcycles, and modern communication gadgets for the police.
Drammeh noted that internal peace, public security and social stability are extremely important for the ministry, adding that nothing is possible without peace and stability.
“We do hope that the 28 vehicles can help them in a modest way in fighting crime and providing better and more effective security protection for the residents in The Gambia, including the hardworking non-Gambian communities and individuals who contribute actively and positively to Gambia’s development and progress,” he stated.
The permanent secretary at the Ministry of the Interior, Bully Dibba, said his ministry is a reliable partner in development and would work to ensuring that the police and other law enforcement units are well-equipped to do their job effectively.
Roger Bakurin, the chief fire officer of the Gambia Fire and Rescue Services thanked the government for the gesture, saying The Gambia security forces would continue to support the reform agenda of the government.