Apr 13, 2012, 1:50 PM
Gambia Prison Services (GPS) recently benefitted from an assortment of donated
by Jahanka Amsterdam Enterprise, a Gambian-based enterprise.
The items which worth about three-hundred and six-thousand and eight hundred dalasi include- 129 chairs, 10 office tables, 1 cupboard, 3 television sets, 100 mattresses and 120 blankets.
The GPS officials took delivery of the items meant for the inmates of the State Central Prison at a colorful presentation ceremony held at the Mile 11.
At the presentation, Mr. Musa Surr, the spokesperson of Jahanka Amsterdam Enterprise on behalf of the enterprise expressed delight in providing this much-needed support designed to better the lives of inmates at the State Central Prison.
Surr recalled that the move was spurred by an earlier visit to the Prison Department by Malick Ceesay, the proprietor of Jahanka Amsterdam Enterprise, who during the visit saw the need to support the inmates at the State Central Prison.
He also explained that the move is part of the enterprise’s contribution to national development especially in addressing challenges faced by Gambians and institutiions.
‘It was after a visit to the Prison Department that prompted our proprietor to come up with this gesture to support the inmates’.
The objective of Jahanka Amsterdam Enterprise, he said, is to support the vulnerable or low income earners in our society, adding that they also sell affordable and quality unique products in the country.
“Every end of year, our company makes end-of-year sale promotions by reducing our prices from D100-to D50 just and this is to ensure that the low income earners can even buy our products”.
Also speaking, Supt. Momodou Lamin Ceesay, the Public Relations Officer of The Gambia Prison Services, while expressing appreciation over the donated items, thanked the donors for the gesture.
He further described items as timely and worthy and that the items would be highly appreciated by both officers and the inmates.
Supt. Ceesay assured that the donated items would be put to good use, further praying that the fruitful relationship between GPS and the Jahanka Amsterdam Enterprise grows to another height.
He however, expressed optimism that the items would go a long way in improving and enhancing the ongoing reform processes at the Prisons Department.
Presenting the items, Mr. Malick Ceesay, proprietor of Jahanka Amsterdam Enterprise said the move is meant to help our brothers and sisters at the State Central Prison.
The Gambia Prison Services, he said, needs support in many areas so as to improve the prison condition and address some of the constraints faced by the institution.
He informed that Jahanka Amsterdam Enterprise, is a Gambian-own enterprise that seeks to contribute its quarter towards upgrading the Prisons Department.
Louis Mosses MENDY, DPS at the Ministry of Interior and Alieu Ceesay of Amsterdam, all expressed similar sentiments, further describing the gesture as laudable and timely.
The duo acknowledged that The Gambia Prison Services needs much attention so as to address the challenges faced by inmates at the State Central Prison.
Present at the handing over ceremony were, Service Chiefs, Director General of GPS, Deputy Director General among other staff of the Prison Department.