Jan 6, 2012, 2:03 PM
Banjul City Council Disaster Management Committee, in collaboration with National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), on13 January 2011 presented building materials to fire victims in Banjul.
The donation, to disaster victims of No. 10 Albion place, included two packets of corrugate sheets, 5 gallons of paint and 10 bags of cement.
The victims are said to have suffered from a fire outbreak that occurred on 3 January in which they lost all their valuable materials.
In his speech at the presentation of the items, Samba Faal, Lord Mayor of Banjul, said the assistance was “very appreciative”, adding that the donors had continued to render such support to fire victims in the city.
The Banjul City Council mayor also commended the NDMA for the gesture.
For his part, Essa Khan, executive director of the NDMA, thanked the mayor of Banjul for his exceptional leadership role at the council. Although the donation was just a token, he expressed hope that it could be of immense help to the victims.
He also urged the council to come up with an initiative through which training can be conducted for the people on disaster risk reduction to curtail fire outbreak and disasters in Banjul and the country at large.
The NDMA, he says, is working with partners to provide the necessary resources to the people affected.
For her part, Marie Dalliah, a councillor and the chairman of the Disaster Ward Committee, also applauded the support of the donors.
Njaga Gaye, a beneficiary, said he was “very grateful” to the council and the NDMA for their timely intervention.