Jul 16, 2008, 8:45 AM
The Taiwanese ambassador to The Gambia, Samuel Chen, yesterday presented a cheque for D1, 739, 200 to the Gambia government, for the renovation of the pump house facility at the polder station at Bund Road in Banjul.
The cheque was handed over to the Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service, Dr Njogu Bah, at a ceremony held in his office at State House in Banjul.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Ambassador Chen said it is always important to be concerned about the welfare of people.
He said the presentation of the cheque is part of the assistance Taiwan provides to The Gambia and its people.
Noting that floods are a big problem everywhere, Ambassador Chen expressed his government’s pleasure in funding the project, expressing hope that the funds will go a long way in changing the lives of the people of Banjul and Gambians in general.
In receiving the cheque on behalf of the Gambia government, Dr Bah commended the Taiwanese government for the support they continue to give Gambians.
“We are very much delighted to receive this support for the renovation of the pumping house at Bund Road, as we all know the deplorable condition of the machines for the drainage system in Banjul,” SG Bah stated.Bund Road, as we all know the deplorable condition of the machines for the drainage system in Banjul,” SG Bah stated.
According to him, President Yahya Jammeh sometime last year visited the place when he toured areas affected by flooding in Banjul and Serrekunda.
Taiwan has been on the side of The Gambia since 1995 as the country marches towards development, he added.
“You can always count on us, our support in whatever area we are needed; we would be there for you as we have demonstrated in the past,” he said, adding that President Jammeh’s recent visit to Taiwan shows the extent of the relationship between Banjul and Taipei.
Ramou Cole-Ceesay, acting Secretary to Cabinet chaired the ceremony.