Dec 30, 2008, 6:41 AM
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Sheriff Gomez on Tuesday presided over the distribution of loans and goods to sixty eight (68) vendors after a weeklong training on business enterprise development, at a colourful ceremony held at the President's International Award Scheme Centre in Bakau.
In his speech, Mr. Gomez said his ministry is delighted at the initiative, adding that the scheme would go a long away towards providing quality, available and affordable goods to the Gambian people.
He hailed President Jammeh for his valuable contribution to the advancement of the Gambian people.
He expressed government willingness in improving, promoting and developing the lives of the Gambian people as, according to him, the government has made some many developments in the country, such as the establishment of the university, among others.
Basiru Jahumpa, who represented the UNDP expressed appreciation to Gamjobs and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Employment for supporting the initiative, which he added, would create employment opportunities for many youth in the country.
He stated that the scheme would help alleviate poverty and unemployment in the country.
Speaking earlier, the first secretary at the Office of the President, Ajaratou Njendeh Njie, expressed delight at the programme.
For his part, the coordinator of the National Enterprise Development (NEDI), Pa Malick Ceesay, said that each vendors would received D10, 000.00 and a cheque for D2,000.00.
He thanked Gamjobs, Jammeh Foundation for Peace and all those who contributed towards the realisation of their objectives.