Financial Services, one of the leading micro-financial institutions in The
Gambia last Thursday donated office equipment to various police stations across
the country, as part of their corporate social responsibility.
The ceremony was attended by the Managing Director of RFS, Baboucarr Khan, Head of Retail Finance and Corporate Affairs at RFS Mustapha John, representatives of various beneficiary station units, such as Serekunda Police Station, Sibanor Police Station, Barra and Brikama Ba police stations, respectively.
The items, which included 32 inch TV sets, filing cabinets, full satellite& receiver sets, executive desks and chairs, among other valuable equipment, were handed over to the representatives of the various police stations at a colourful ceremony, held at their head office along Kairaba Avenue.
In his welcoming speech, Mustapha John, Head of Retail Finance and Corporate Affairs, said it was due to the importance Reliance Financial Services attached to its corporate and social responsibilities, that they deemed it fitting to give support to the Gambia Police Force, who are playing a very important role in society in ensuring that the peace and stability is maintained in the country.
He added: “This gesture is in recognition of the hard work put in by law enforcement officers to protect our communities, businesses and most importantly our lives.”
“We appreciate that while The Gambia Government under the leadership of his Excellency, President Adama Barrow is doing its very best to support the Police officers, this donation is to complement its efforts,” he said.
In his keynote address ahead of the official handing-over, the CEO /MD Reliance Financial Service, Baboucarr Khan, stressed that the donation of the office equipment was an occasion that the bank has chosen to put into practice the all concepts of public-private partnership.
“Because we the operators in the private sector are only able to do so, if the environment is conducive enough, and for the environment to be conducive, we need to have peace,” he opined.
He said that peace could only be guaranteed by the security agencies across the country, but most specifically; in the communities where “we all live and do our business.”
“We at Reliance and as Gambians believe that the relationship between the public and the law enforcement agencies should be deeper, rather than only reporting crimes to the police. It should be a partnership of mutual benefits,” he added.
He added: “if you watch TV, especially our satellites you can see what is happening in the world and as well follow development at all times, so that you can react and respond appropriately to developments in a positive way.”
“It is for this reason, when we received the request from the Serekunda and Sibanor Police Stations we decided to act swiftly, because we believe this is long overdue,” he explained.
Khan further adduced that with Reliance, reliability, transparency and costumer efficiency is always guaranteed.
He said though they could not reach out to all the stations in the country there are plans to give more support to the security fraternity in the future.
While thanking the government of The Gambia for creating the enabling environment for businesses to operate, he reassured the security fraternity of his office’s continuous support and collaboration.
He also reserved special thanks to their costumers and the members of staff of the bank, whom he said, are the “engines”.
In the same vein, the officer-in-charge of the Kanifing prosecution unit Malang Jarju, Chief Inspector Muhammad Wanja of Brikama Ba, Pa Amadou Sowe station officer, Barra and CIP Sainey Beyai of Sibanor Police Station, all thanked Reliance for their generosity and reassured them that the equipment would be put to good use.