Oct 5, 2010, 12:20 PM
Acting UK High Commissioner to The Gambia George Sherriff on Friday laid the first foundation stone of what will soon become the new ‘Riders for Health’ resource and training centre.
‘Riders for Health’ earlier this year were awarded funding by the British High Commission to enable the construction of a training and resource centre at their base in Kanifing, which will serve as a national centre of excellence in capacity building for drivers and riders across The Gambia.
‘Riders for Health’ have been working in The Gambia since 1986, and currently manage 90 motorcycles, 36 ambulances and 27 trekking vehicles.
The facility currently under construction will act as a documentation centre for road traffic accidents, helping build a knowledge base of accidents and accident prevention across the country.
Sherriff said at the ceremony: ‘I am delighted to be here to help lay the first stone of this new centre. The British High Commission is pleased to be able to help with such a worthwhile and useful initiative. ‘Riders for Health’ does great work across the country, and we are pleased to be able to help in a small way in improving medical care across The Gambia. I look forward to returning in a few months to see the training centre operational with many people benefitting from their newly-acquired skills.’