Niani chief calls for help as covid-19 effects hamper residents’ livelihood

May 19, 2020, 12:42 PM | Article By: Sulayman Waan

Pierre Bah, chief of Niani District in the Central River Region north (CRR/n) has called on nongovernmental organisations and philanthropists to assist his district with foodstuffs as the coronavirus pandemic has affected many residents’ livelihood.

Chief Bah made the call in an exclusive interview with this medium on Friday. He added that many people are severely affected by the coronavirus because they are not working as usual.

It could be recalled that in March, President Barrow declared a ban on all public gatherings including the closure of weekly markets (lumos) throughout the country.

Most of the rural people depend on weekly markets to sell and purchase products to maintain their daily sustenance.

However, he said, many are not working now in this district because the weekly markets (lumos) are not operating due to the state of public health emergency which was declared. He added that weekly markets are the major business centers in the rural area,” he said.

The traditional ruler noted that prior to the declaration of state of public emergency, many people used to go to the weekly markets to sell their goods in order to feed their families but now they are all sitting at home keeping fingers crossed.

In this regard, he appealed to all and sundry to provide food stuffs to the rural people, especially the Niani District residents to ease their burden in this trying time.

Meanwhile, Bah expressed gratitude to Ginkon Brothers and Sisters Company Ltd. under the leadership of Kebba Madi Bojang for donating food stuffs to a local association in Wassu village.

He noted that this company donated 25 (50 kg) bags of rice and 5 (50kg) bags of sugar.

“We are really happy with this company for giving us this gesture,” he expressed while praying to God to bestow his blessing on the company.

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