Jan 19, 2011, 11:19 AM
The Gambia Telecommunications Company Limited (Gamtel) yesterday presented two printers, two desktop computers, and a laptop. worth over D108,000 to the Gambian embassy in Guinea Bissau.
According to the public relations manager of Gamtel, Amadou Touray, The Gambia’s embassy in Bissau made a request to Gamtel to assist the embassy with equipment for the smooth running of the office.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at Gamtel headquarters in Banjul, the managing director of Gamtel, Jamal Miknas, said the gifts “will greatly enhance” the work of the embassy in addressing its needs.
Receiving the gifts on behalf of the embassy, the Gambian Ambassador to Guinea Bissau, Mass Axi Gye, said that when he assumed his responsibility in Guinea Bissau he felt the need for IT equipment, which is a necessity for the office.
He noted that the request was made long time ago and when Mr Miknas became the managing director of Gamtel he was very helpful by approving it.
Ambassador Gye used the occasion to thank Gamtel for their support, saying that the equipment “will be properly utilised by the new office to boost its service to the public, especially to Gambian residents of Guinea Bissau.
For his part, Banding Sillah, finance director of Gamtel, said the donated items will facilitate communication between the embassy and the government.
Mr Sillah pointed out that “Gamtel is hundred percent owned by government”; that was why when the embassy forwarded their request they “wasted no time” in approving it.
Samba Mballow, an interpreter at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, also witnessed the presentation.