Jun 11, 2009, 7:10 AM
The award ceremony was held at the GRTS building, and followed the association’s award ceremony by the sister associations held recently in Dakar, Senegal.
The institutional awardees included The Point newspaper, the Daily Observer, The Standard newspaper, Foroyaa newspaper, the City Ventures Magazine, City Limits Radio, and the Gambia Radio and Television Services.
The outstanding journalist awardees included Adama K. Jallow of The Point newspaper, Lamin Cham of The Standard newspaper, Baboucarr Camara of the Daily Observer and Malick Jones of the Ministry of Information.
Other awardees were two of the associations’ resource persons, Dr. Pierre Gomez of the University of The Gambia, and retired ambassador Ebou Momar Taal, as well as Gambian tertiary and university students who participated during the event.
The ceremony also witnessed the disclosure of the newly-formed sister associations’ advisory board to be launched later in Dakar Senegal, according to sources.The gathering was also told about the planned launching of the first book titled: “The Historic Senegambia and the Prospects of Integration” co-authored by prominent members of the sister associations.
The book looks at the historic perspective of Senegambia, the prospects and the way forward through integration.
The association also gave awards to Gamtel/Gamcel, Gambia Ports Authority, Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation and Thiocomar Clearing Agency for funding the two-day event.
According to SGAISD president Gambia Chapter Saikou B. Jarju, the association has recently awarded eleven Senegalese journalists including some media houses for covering the two-day conference, and five Senegalese students who represented their five universities. The newly-formed SGAISD advisory board members include former ambassador Ebou Momar Taal, Ambassador Bami Jagne, Dr. Pierre Gomez, and Hon Fafa Mbai, Hon Cheriff Abba Sanyang, Mr. Mamour Jagne and Alh. Baboucarr Thiam all of The Gambia, as well as ProfessorIba Der Thiam, Professor Ibrahima Thioub, Professor Mor Ndao, Professor Alpha Barry Diallo, Professor Oumar Sy, Ambassador Saidou Nourou Ba, Youssou Ndour (Singer), Maitre Boucounta Diallo and Maitre Saidina Omar Sey, Omar Ngala Ndao and Mame Sassi Cise, all of Senegal.