under the Turkish Embassy on Monday donated 10 HP computers with 2 multipurpose
printers, worth D1millon to the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS),
meant to standardise working condition of reporters in the newsroom.
Speaking at the occasion held at the GRTS ground, the Director of GRTS, Ebrima Sillah, said the Turkish Embassy has come to their aid at a time when the donation was urgently needed, noting that it will enable the reporters work in a conducive environment.
“It was a big challenge in the newsroom as they had only two functioning computers five months ago upon my appointment. It will help make the work of the journalist easy, by helping them to write and edit their reports on the Radio and TV forages as the computers contain editing software,” he said.
He commended the Ambassador for his gesture to re-modernise the state broadcaster newsroom, highlighting that it would help facilitate the work of journalists in the newsroom.
He disclosed that the governments of The Gambia and Turkey are working closely to strength capacity-building forces of the former.
Mr Sillah said as part of their MoU, GRTS will use the executive power of the media to promote the two countries’ culture and trade cooperation.
Turkey Ambassador to The Gambia, Ismail Sefa Yuceer, said this was part of their mission to aid the state broadcaster, as they are a very important institution.
He said his government was looking forward to strengthening ties with The Gambia in all areas, adding that the computers have very special software that would be of relevance to them.
He said The Gambia is a hospitable country that deserves more from Turkey; hence they are working towards extending their cooperation in all areas of development.
Louis Mendy, a reporter at GRTS, said the donation was timely as it would help ease their work in terms of writing their stories.