Sep 16, 2008, 5:38 AM
Hon Sanneh was speaking during the inauguration of a new well at Manduarr Wolof.
Donated by the Behfar family, the well was meant to help the populace within the area to have clean drinking water.
It was also meant to keep the people healthy as well as have access to water to cultivate crops and vegetables as a way of providing sufficient food for the people,’’ he said.
“The well, which is named after the son of Jodie Evans, will in no doubt promote good health, as well as ease the burden on women to trek far distances to fetch water,’’ he said.
He tasked the beneficiaries to properly maintain the well since it was meant to address the water constraints the community was facing.
He commended the donor Jodie Behfar and the family, as well as his Gambian counterpart, Ebrima Ajibou Jallow for such a humanitarian gesture.
Hon. Muhammed Maggasi, NAM for Basse, advised the community to make the best use of the well, saying it was a modern one which should be protected by all within the community.
He described the inauguration as yet another milestone achievement in the history of Kombo Central, urging them to continue rallying behind Honorable Sanneh who has been promoting their interests since his election into office.
Ebrima Ajibou Jallow, the brain behind the sponsorship, said it was a very significant day as water is the foundation of life for both plants and animals.
“It has been said that where there is water there is life as science has told us that every single living thing contains some amount of water to keep them alive,’’ he said.
He said the well was sponsored by Jodie and the Behfar family from the United States as the Behfar family had always been there for him and his family.
He said the main problem at the moment is how to fence the farm in order to protect the well, as well as the crops and vegetables from animals.
Ida Jallow, on behalf of the women, described the day as historic and timely, highlighting that the well would not only help them to access clean water but would also help them to concentrate on their respective farming activities.