Dec 31, 2008, 5:51 AM
One of the leading Gas companies in the country, Amina Holding Company, over the weekend donated a set of jerseys, a football, fan clubs T. Shirts, and some money to both the Sanyang Sports Committee and their fans at a ceremony held at the village’s football field.
The gesture was meant to promote sport among the young inspiring youth of the country who are yearning to be career professionals in the football industry.
The company, owned by an inspirational Gambian, has been instrumental in complementing government’s efforts in sports and other development activities.
Speaking at the presentation of materials, proprietor and managing director of Amina Holding Company, Abdoulie Fatty alias Abdoulie Sallah, said the gesture has been part of his dreams to contribute his quota to national development, in particular sport.
“I have been in the Diaspora for nearly a decade, but I have finally decided to come back to the country to join my fellow patriotic Gambians in these noble courses,” he said. “If you are doing a business in your country, you equally have a stake in the development of that nation; therefore this is just the beginning as more are in the offing.
“I started with my village for the simple reason that charity begins at home, there are plans to reach out to others. The sky is the limit as long as Amina Holding Company is operating and progressing in the country.”
Mr Fatty further stated that the clarion call by President Jammeh for Gambians to venture into the business industry was the motive behind him establishing a business in the country.
According to him, it also inspired him to do something meaningful that improves the welfare and wellbeing of the Gambians.
He said the company started operation in May 2013 and one fundamental aim is to provide clean burning fuel to the people of The Gambia, equally assisting saving the natural forest cover for the future generation.
He thanked the government and the leadership for providing an enable environment for them to operate in the country.
He promises to maintain the wisdom of contributing to the national development of his beloved country, The Gambia.
In receiving the items, Alieu Jarsey, representing Sanyang village Alkalo, underscored the significance of the donated materials and cash to the sports committee, in particular, the village, describing it as a benevolent gesture that will go a long way in helping them to realize some of their dreams.
To whom much is given much is expected, he said, adding: “This will go a long way in enhancing the welfare of development of sports in the village.”
The government cannot do it alone; Gambians like Abdoulie Fatty are exceptional in the driving seat to build a better nation for the future generation.
Speakers on the occasion included Lamin Jarju Sanyang of the Village Development Committee, Nicolas Jatta, Sanyang United Coach, Yankuba Darboe, Sanyang Sports Committee, public relations officer among a host of other speakers who all expressed words of wisdom for the donor, describing him as a true citizen who has shown love and care for his village.
They said this was the first time the village football team received such donation of quality and standard jersey.
The cash money will equally help in no small measure in overcoming some of their constraints, he said.
They all prayed for Fatty and wished him success in his business. They also seized the opportunity to call on other Gambians to emulate him.
Meanwhile, on Sunday Sanyang United were held to a 1-all draw by Tanji FC with their new donated jersey in the third division qualifiers played at Sanyang village’s football field.
Amphall Badjie gave Sanyang United the lead in the 80th minute but Tanji FC levelled the score through Sang Paul Mendy in the 90th minute of the game.