Apr 7, 2020, 1:28 PM
The acting director of Health Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mustapha Bettaye, on Saturday told the press that a total of 16 new samples for suspected covid-19 were taken and tested on Friday but all proved negative.
According to him, paying tax is the only way the council can respond in addressing the needs and aspirations of taxpayers or plough back to the taxpayers in the form of development projects and programmes.
He made this appeal while delivering a statement during the presentation of D1,208, 000 to various communities in the West Coast Region for development projects.
According to the CEO, the presentation of such amount could have not been realised if the taxpayers were not paying their rates and taxes and on time. Therefore he seized the opportunity to thank the taxpayers for the compliance, while challenging them to ensure that they pay their rates and taxes on time.
Regarding the presentation of the cheques, the CEO said the BAC was proud to make another presentation of cheques to three communities and provide financial assistance to 110 students. He said these supports are in line with “our strategic objectives and our development approach with emphasis on people taking the lead in their own development activities.”
“On the basis of our development approach, 60% of the total revenue is committed to direct community development and promote community participation as an essential factor of success and sustainability.”
“Overall, these interventions are expected to enhance the creation of recreational facilities for the young people, improved access to safe drinking water as basic human rights and improve the socio-economic status of the inhabitants of the communities.”
“Still on the financial Aid, the council is giving aid to a total of 50 female students and 60 males across 68 UBS and 42 SSS in the West Coast Region. We are all aware that the covid-19 pandemic has disrupted economic activities of parents and guardians, thus finding it difficult to pay the school fees of their children. We hope that this financial assistance will mitigate the impact of the covid19 restrictions.”
The BAC CEO also stated that they also presented cheques to three communities and financial assistance to students.
According to him, the project also includes upgrading the solar water pumping system at Toubakuta village in the sum of D488, 000.00. It also helped the completion of the perimeter fence of the Mamuda village Mini Stadium in the sum of D250, 000.00 and also the completion of a community market at Mamuda village in the sum of D200, 000.00 among others.
For his part, the chairman of Brikama Area Council, Sherifo Sonko, said the presentation was a promise that they made to the electorates to plough back 60 percent of the money generated to the communities in the form of projects and programmes.
He assured the community that this kind of developments will continue, while challenging them to pay their rates and taxes on time.
Other speakers included the Governor of West Coast Region Mr. Lamin Sanneh, Regional education director Region 2, Lamin Fatajo and the chairperson of the education committee, Fatou Jallow.
SalieuTaal, the president of The Gambia Bar Association and a private law practitioner, yesterday meticulously testified before the TRRC how former President Yahya Jammeh used the justice sector to violate the rights of Gambians and to entrench himself into power.
Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, Minister of Health has said that The Gambia right now has been one of the best performing countries when it comes to the containment of covid-19. He, however, admitted that even in the face of good performance, they struggled to contain the disease.
The long-running misunderstanding between Imams Abdoulie Fatty and Muhammed Sillah has been amicably resolved, following a peaceful mediation talks headed by the Imam Ratib of Banjul, Alhagie Alieu Cherno Mass Kah on Tuesday.