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Immigration Department transportation need boosted

Aug 6, 2012, 12:03 PM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

As part of efforts geared towards staff welfare and easing mobility constraints, the Gambia Immigration Department last Friday presented a 64-seater passenger bus with full-air conditioner and 5 motorbikes to its staff members.

The presentation ceremony held at Immigration’s main office in Banjul was graced by top officials of the Gambia Immigration Department, including the Deputy Director General Pa Babuccar Mboob and other senior officials.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, deputy Director General Mboob said the Immigration Department felt it necessary to have a staff bus which would be plying from Brikama to Banjul to transport their junior staff who find it very difficult to get transport on time to their various postings.

Mr Mboob revealed that the money spent to buy the bus was from the Safari Motors, as well as from the budget of the staff welfare funds, to which each and every staff member of Immigration contributes every month from their salaries.

The motorbikes would be used for border patrol to regulate and protect the border posts from illegal entries into the country.

Momodou L. Sanneh (NICK), sales manager at TATA Safari Motors, also spoke at length, saying the bus was of the best quality in Africa and therefore urged the Immigration Department to take care of it.

TATA Safari Motors has been partnering with the Immigration Department for a long time and they felt that the Immigration Department was a very important institution in controlling people from illegal entry into the country.

Ensa Jawara, public relations officer of the Gambia Immigration Department, thanked the management of the Immigration Department for curbing transportation difficulties for their staff.

PRO Jawara says that since the role of junior officers is very significant, creating a working environment conducive for them would help them to ease and make their work comfortable, as well as serves well in staff motivation.