Jul 7, 2009, 7:35 AM
Alex Alassan Gomez, marketing officer of Trust Bank Limited, on behalf of his company, presented D50,000 to the Gambia for Gold Fundraising Committee as part of the bank's contribution to the Gambia national U-17 team that is currently in the CAF championship in Rwanda.
The presentation ceremony, held at the Ministry of Youth and Sports office in Banjul yesterday, accorded the Trust Bank marketing officer the opportunity to explain to The Gambia for Gold Committee the reason behind the initiative.
"The U-17 has made every Gambian proud by recording two African championship titles; that is why Trust Bank is very much committed in supporting the GFA in their endeavours to help Gambian football reach higher heights," said Gomez, who underlined numerous services his office continues to render to Gambian football and U-17 in particular.
The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Alieu K. Jammeh, reminded the Gambians about the remarkable achievements the Baby Scorpions have registered in recent years.
"As you are all aware, the U-17 has taken the name of the country to the highest standards of youth football and every body is aware of the team’s achievements," he said.
He described Trust Bank's support as crucial in the national development given the fact that their intervention is a way of complementing the efforts of the Gambia government in its drive to achieve excellence in sports in various disciplines.
"Trust Bank has always been supportive of Gambia government in health, sports, education and other areas of development, which is expected of other private partners in our strive to reach higher heights," PS Jammeh said.
The PS, who deputised Minister Gomez at the presentation ceremony, said the Gambian government, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Youth and Sports have put a lot of financial supportto the U-17 team, which saw a total of four million dalasi being spent on the two-time African U-17 champions.
"Government alone cannot do it; that is why gestures like that of Trust Bank, who are the first private institution to support the U-17, are very much highly welcome," PS Jammeh added.
He also thanked the bank for their continual support to Gambian football.