Sep 1, 2009, 5:09 AM
50 tonnes of dates donated by Saudi Arabia to The Gambia government have been
distributed through the regional governors, mayors and heads of public
The distribution at the State House in Banjul was overseen the acting vice president, Aja Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang, who is the minister of Women’s Affairs.
Speaking on the occasion, Madam Jallow-Tambajang said Saudi Arabia has traditionally been a good donor by providing The Gambia with dates every Ramadan.
She noted that the significant of dates in the Ramadan cannot be over emphasised for it was what Prophet Muhammad used to use to break his fast.
The acting vice president said although the dates would be shared with people from the length and breadth of The Gambia, not everyone or every house may have it.
She said the dates are distributed through regional and institutional leaders because “we trust them to provide it to the people who need it”.
The Mayor of Kanifing Municipality, Yankuba Colley, expressed gratitude that the government entrusted them to share the dates among the people.
While thanking the government for the trust, he assured that “the dates would be given to the right people who need it most”.