Nigerian ECOMIG team donates to orphanages

Friday, August 09, 2019

Two hundred Nigerian soldiers who are on the ECOWAS military intervention in the Gambia (ECOMIG) mission, yesterday donated food items to Al-Jawhan Orphanage and Islamic School in Wullinkama and SOS children village in Bakoteh.

The Nigerian contingent arrived in The Gambia on 23 March 2019 under the auspices of ECOWAS mission in The Gambia (ECOMIG) to assist The Gambian defence and security forces in providing peace and security following the 2016 Presidential election impasse.

The contingent visited some orphanage homes within its areas of responsibilities and interacted with some officials to ascertain the challenges faced by these homes.

Colonel Abubakar Adamu Bello, the contingent commander said during the handing over of the food items that the children are vulnerable and if they are not taken care of by the right people, the society will take care of them in the negative way. “Our main purpose is to build confidence and trust,” he said.

As part of ECOWAS mandate in The Gambia, contingents were tasked to strengthen civil-military relations through quick impact projects and support to communities and institutions within their various areas of responsibilities.

Colonel Bello said it is not how much one gives but the spirit behind giving it is what matters, appealing to individuals and corporate bodies to lend their support to such organisations.

Haddy Touray, director of SOS childrens’ village thanked the team for the gesture, saying they are taking care of vulnerable children who have lost parental care.

She said it is a tradition for them to share whatever donation they received with the other SOS children village in Basse. She also assured the team that the items given to them will be put into good use for the beneficiaries.

Author: Fatou Dem