Adama Barrow on Sunday launched government’s covid-19 food aid worth D734,25,
864 to 84% of needy Gambian households.
ceremony was held at the McCarty Square in Banjul.
government intends to distribute 360,000 bags of 50kg of 100% broken rice, 50kg
bags of sugar and 10 litre drums of refined cooking oil to needy Gambian
citizens across the country.
a thorough review exercise, an amount of D734,254,864 worth of food items is
now available to support 84% deserving households countrywide. Such support
will include rice, oil and sugar to each of the vulnerable households
identified,” Mr. Barrow said.
he was quick to add that the amount was different from D500 million already
earmarked for the Ministry of Health. That amount is to upgrade and
sufficiently strengthen the health system to address the covid-19 challenges
government recognises that Gambians deserve an urgent national response to both
the health and socio-economic crises resulting from losses in productivity and
remittances to Gambian households.”
added that they will ensure that support provided to all citizens, especially
the vulnerable, is real in value.
of the difficulties that confront many households, the government has devised
strict measures to ensure that our food stock is secure. I am informed by the
Ministry of Trade that supplies of rice, sugar, flour and other food items are
Barrow also emphasised that under the emergency powers, strict regulations are
in place to make sure that people hiking prices, hoarding or attempting to
smuggle food items outside the country are brought to book.
and accountability form the cornerstone of our governance system. To uphold
these principles and guarantee financial discipline and management of the
resources available for the pandemic, a single government account has been
opened to cater for rapid one-stop financial transactions.”
Barrow added that distributions and monitoring mechanisms have been put in
place involving the relevant institutions and local government authorities,
adding that distribution Points have been identified and vouchers will be used
to reach the household beneficiaries with the government Food Support.