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DfID donates vehicle to The Point

Jul 12, 2010, 1:29 PM | Article By: Baboucarr Senghore

The Department for International Development (DfID) of the British government in UK, through the British High Commission in Banjul, on Friday 9th July 2010 donated a Toyota Pick-up vehicle to The Point newspaper.

Speaking at the brief handing over ceremony held at the premises of the British High Commission Fajara, Graham Birse, the Deputy British High Commissioner, said the gesture came from the UK's Department for International Development, which continues to run projects in The Gambia. He advised the management of The Point to make the best use of the vehicle and ensure its regular maintenance.

Mr. Pap Saine, the Managing Editor of The Point newspaper, who received the keys of the vehicle, described the gesture as timely, noting that it would go a long way in easing the transportation problems faced by the company.

"All along, one of our dreams was to get transport to meet the challenges of our office. This will help us transport our reporters to and from coverage, and meet the demands of our customers," he said, while thanking DfID through the British High Commission for the noble gesture.

He said the gesture will help a great deal, in enabling The Point newspaper go further in its mission to promote peace, democracy, human rights and good governance.

Mr. Saine promised that the vehicle would be put to good use.

The handing over ceremony was attended by Mr. Phillip Kotey, General Manager of The Point newspaper and Nahla Tambedou, DfID's country representative.