Gaming Gambia Limited, the leading lottery company in The Gambia, on Thursday
approved 200 scholarships for various individuals to pursue higher education at
the University of The Gambia and other tertiary institutions.
The first batch of 18 scholarship awardees to receive their package consisted of 15 police prosecutors, two judiciary staff members and one person working for a private legal company. The presentation was held yesterday at Lotto Gaming company’s head office, located at Westfield.
Eleven of the police prosecutors are female who would pursue a six-month diploma level course in law at the West African Insurance Institute, while the other officers would do their LLB and BSc at the University of The Gambia.
Speaking on behalf of Lotto Gaming chief executive officer, the company’s senior marketing manager at Banjul branch, Kaddy Mbinko Jammeh, commended Superintendent Mballow, officer commanding police prosecution and legal affairs, for reaching out to Lotto Gaming for the scholarship to the police officers.
She said the company did not hesitate to approve the scholarship packages, particularly that of the police, because the role of the security is key.
“Therefore, there is need to give them all the support to enable them deliver their services effectively and in an efficient manner,” she said.
“We at Lotto Gaming are very proud to provide scholarship to the Gambia Police Force,” Madam Jammeh said.
The senior marketing manager said the company’s sponsorship of the police and judiciary “is indeed a right move and a worthy cause”.
“Lotto Gaming is not only here for betting, but also to help in national development, particularly in the areas of education and health,” she said.
Superintendent Momodou Dumbuya Mballow, officer commanding police prosecution and legal affairs, said when they took over the Prosecution Unit sometime in April, there were on only six police persecutors.
“So there was the need to increase the number and fill in the gender gap,” he said, adding that the police senior management had conducted proper screening and induction courses; and the ones selected were the lucky ones to be recommended for the scholarship package to enhance their service delivery.
“We are very happy to be at this gathering today to see that our personnel are being awarded scholarships to pursue further education and we are grateful to Lotto Gaming Companyfor graciously accepting our letter to sponsorour personnel,” said Superintendent Mballow.
He said the personnel had gone through basic training at the police academic, but there is a need for them to pursuefurther studies in lawto enable them compete with their colleagues in court.
He assured the benefactors that the selected officersare committed toservice delivery, and that the sponsorship would go a long way in assisting prosecution department.
Meanwhile, Superintendent Mballow had presented a certificate of appreciation to the CEO and management of Lotto Gaming for “this laudable gesture”.