According to the students, the gesture was in recognition of his personal outstanding contribution towards the development of Armitage.
The ex-students of
In his introductory speech, Karamba Jawla applauded Mr Darboe for his philanthropic culture of sharing with others.
Mr Jawla explained that the association was formed long time ago, but it was very dormant and as a result they decided to restructure the association and register it at the AG Chambers.
“We have been patronising other personalities in the association but this time around, the executive deem it wise to meet you and introduce the association formally to you,” he said.
As a result of this, the president of the Armitage ex-students said the association decided to award Mr Darboe with a certificate for his personal contribution towards complementing government efforts in nation-building.
Mr Jawla added that one of the challenges the association is facing at the moment is financial constraint.
“We want to provide internet café for the school lab, which is our target,” Mr Jawla said.
Therefore, the association deem it necessary to contribute their quota towards the welfare of the students by providing them with books, other learning materials and a musical set for entertainment.
“We want to install the internet café before the graduation ceremony slated for 18 June 2011, but the association lacks the financial resources to meet its target,” Mr Jawla lamented.
For his part, the public relations officer of the association, Muhammed Conateh, expressed similar sentiments as did previous speakers.
“We all know Mr Darboe has this country at heart and he has no limitations on bringing development to the doorstep of every Gambian. We register our profound gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful development that you have been rendering for humanity,” he said.
Speaking at the meeting, the vice president of the association, Fatou Baldeh, expressed delight at her association’s meeting with Mr Darboe.
Also the coordinator of the association, Ahmed Hydara, highlighted their commitment and dedication to supporting their former school.
Ousainou Dampha, secretary of the association, highlighted some of the developments the association has brought to the school.
The coordinator of the VDF, Mamadou Jallow, thanked the Armitage ex-students for their foresight in supporting their former school.
“This is what is expected of good students,” he said. “We also take note of your constraints and will look at possible solution to it as soon as possible,” he said, adding that they would register the association with the VDF and then call on them to fulfil the requirement.
Mr Darboe also agreed with his board members and promised to buy the E-VIDEO.