May 26, 2011, 1:51 PM
The Imam Ratib of Banjul, Muslim elders, as well as government officials, witnessed the conference, sponsored by Gamcel/Gamtel.
The night-long educative conference was covered the life and attributes of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) and the responsibilities of husbands and wives in Islamic marriage. The discussions were led by Islamic scholars such as Cherif Manine Aidara and Tarsir Abdourahmane Gaye, both from Senegal.
The association was established in 2011 with the aim of helping the needy and empowering youth.
Speaking to The Point, Club Foire Secretary General Saffie Savage said since the inception of the association they have been engaging people on various perspectives of socio-economic development such as tailoring, farming, fishing and tie and dye.
“We established the association mainly to help the poor and needy and to complement government’s effort at shaping the future of the youth,” she said.
Mrs Savage pointed out that at the end of the programme, they helped on the “Operation Save the Children” drive and visited hospitals to help the sick, adding that they had also opened a skills Centre, which currently shelters 30 youths in tailoring.
“We also help to discourage the “back way” syndrome which has cost the lives of many innocent young Gambians, and school dropouts who are unemployed,” she said.
She thanked the President and his wife for their support and commended the public for the turnout.
Assistant Secretary General Fatou Njie outlined some of the challenges they face which include bringing people together.
She however described their relations with the Islamic scholars as cordial and thanked them for answering their call to remind Muslims on the subjects preached on.