better late than never. The president of the Republic of The Gaambia, Adama
Barrow on Sunday launched an ambitious food support package that will cater for
at least 84% of the country’s about two million people. The total cost is
estimated around 734 million dalasi.
relief package comes in a form of bags of 50kg of 100% broken rice, 50kg bags
of sugar and 10-litre drums of refined cooking oil.
want to thank the government for the move, as it will go a long in ameliorating
the living condition of Gambians especially the most vulnerable.
the announcement of the State of Public Emergency some weeks ago, lives have
changed for many families in the country especially the vulnerable families,
who struggle on daily basis to provide food for their families.
has impacted heavily on economies around the globe, businesses and even
ordinary people on the streets.
one of the measures put in place by government during the outbreak of this
deadly virus is the declaration state public emergency, which has both good and
on the one hand, it has been effective in helping to contain the spread of the
disease, on the other, it has put at risk many lives, especially the vulnerable
population who earn on a daily basis to live a hand-to-mouth existence.
the announcement of this relief package which targets tens of thousands of
families, is indeed a welcome move.
only hope that those who will be in-charge of the distribution exercise do
justice to the whole process by making sure that those that need it most are
catered for. Let’s remember that transparency and accountability are critical,
as it forms one of the cornerstones in any governance system.
it to state that we are all affected by this pandemic, but the extent of our
circumstances varies. Even those families, who rely heavily on remittances send
by their sons and daughters from abroad, would also share a similar difficult
story. This is even manifested in the
drastic drops in remittance off recent times.
let us ensure that the food to be distributed reaches even the remotest corners
of country. Remember that helping your neighbourhood in need is even encouraged
by all major religions of the world.
enough on this planet for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed.”