Jan 27, 2009, 5:29 AM
Students of Foni University Students Association, a group of Foni natives attending the University of The Gambia, have been rejoicing over President Yahya Jammeh’s recent handsome donation of D100,000 to the group.
Abdoulie Jarjue, president of the association, was full of praises for President Jammeh for his invaluable support to them.
According to Jarjue, out of the D100,000, they have put sixty thousand dalasi in the association’s account and shared the forty thousand dalasi among students of the association who were volunteering teachers at Mayork Senior Secondary School during summer.
Mr Jarjue was speaking during presentation of certificates to seventeen university students who voluntarily offered teaching service at Mayork Senior Secondary School recently, at a programme held at the school hall in West Coast Region.
Mr Jarjue says their aim is to look at issues affecting their brothers and sisters in schools and see how best to redress those issues by offering them voluntary service.
Mr Jarjue further recalled that during his recent meet-the-people tour, President Jammeh made a pronouncement at one of his meetings in Bwiam that anyone coming from Foni and happens to secure a place at the University of The Gambia, he (the president) was willing to sponsor such a student.
It was then the Foni youths decided to organise themselves under a single umbrella to form the association, Jarjue said: “Without the president’s benevolence most of the students in Foni could not have pursued higher education.”
Since the president has played his role in responding to the needs and aspiration of the people, particularly the youth, Mr Jarjue therefore challenges the students to show high sense of commitment and devotion to nation-building.
He commended Pap Gumbo Touray, principal of Mayork Senior School; M.L Gibba, former managing director of Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation; Babucarr Sanyang, acting-managing director of Gamtel; Alh. Momodou Sanyang, director general of GRTS, and the director of forestry, who have all contributed in one way or the other to the success of the association.