Jan 12, 2009, 6:13 AM
North Federation (KNF) and Kombo South Kaira-Suu Federation have jointly
supported 31 returnees who fled The Gambia out of fear during the political
The two federations in collaboration with the CCF national office and in consultation with The Gambia government met and discussed possible ways of supporting these returnees to The Gambia.
The two federations provided D77,500 and distributed it to thirty-one returnees within their intervention areas in Kombo North and Kombo South.
The Kombo North Federation contributed 62,500 to support 25 returnees while Kaira Suu Federation contributed D15,000 to support 6 returnees.
The amount contributed by the two federations, D77,500, was presented to the returnees at a ceremony held at Sinchu Sori Community Association, an affiliate of KNF, on Thursday.
Speaking at the presentation, Alagie B. Janneh, board member and site chairperson of Kombo North Federation and Kaira Suu, said the presentation of the money to returnees was as a result of the difficulties that many people encountered during the recent political impasse.
He said Kombo Federation and Kombo South Kaira Suu Federation in partnership with the CCF national office deemed it fitting to give support to the returnees.
“We are very delighted to provide assistance to these returnees to better help them to take care of their domestic issues,” Mr Janneh said.
He also advised them to utilise the money given to them, saying although it was very small it would go a long way to reducing some of their burden.
Adama Sanneh of Kaira Suu Federation thanked the two federations for the support they provided to the returnees who suffered a lot during the political impasse.
He said the main focus of Kaira Suu is to ensure the welfare of the children, for that to happen there is need to have peace and stability.
Mr Sanneh said without peace, there would be no development.
“We should always endeavour to have peace within our society, our country and the continent,” he said.
Alieu Mendy, KNF manager, said the presentation to the returnees was done in consultation with the national office of CCF.
He said Kombo North Federation and Kombo South Kaira Suu Federation found it necessary to give support to the returnees to relieve some of their burden at home.
“We are very delighted to provide assistance to these returnees,” he said.
Mariam Jallow, wife of Sinchu Sori Alkali, praised the two federations for their kind gesture in supporting the migrants back home.
She urged the returnees to make best use of the money.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Adama Ceesay, a beneficiary, who thanked the two federations while describing the support as timely and urged others to emulate the two federations.