May 7, 2020, 11:30 AM
The D30,000 covid-19 relief package was presented to The Gambia Federation of Persons with Disabilities (GFPWD) at a ceremony held at GOVI, Kanifing, over the weekend.
Speaking at the occasion, Muhammed Krubally, chairman of The Gambia PFPWD and a magistrate, said the gesture was unprecedented, revealing that this is the first time his federation has received cash donation in the midst of the global health pandemic.
He said: “The coronavirus pandemic is affecting everyone including persons with disabilities. We have been receiving lot of support from around the world. We got food items and sanitary materials but this is the first time that we receive cash transfer for the GFPWD.”
Krubally also revealed that GFPWD is the umbrella body of 16 organisations in the country representing an estimated 300,000 persons out of which 120,000 have serious disabilities ranging from physical and visual impairments, mental health and related impairments.
He thanked the donors, assuring them that the money will be used for the purpose intended, while urging public institutions and NGOs to emulate the benevolence of the Manchester Gambia Support Network Organization.
Kemo Ceesay, trustee, Manchester Gambia Support Network, said his organisation chose to donate money to The Gambia GFPWD due to its purchasing needs. “Money is more appropriate because it has buying capabilities and possibilities that can easily address the needs of GFPWD”, Ceesay emphasised.
Omar Camara, secretary general of GFPWD, said they are facing lot of challenges so he expressed hope that the sum donated would ease their burden.
On 19 June, H.E. Ambassador Ma Jianchun handed over a consignment of face masks and forehead thermometers donated by Chinese government to the Office of the First Lady.
Buba Darboe, programme manager, Directorate of Public Health Education and Promotion at the Ministry of Health told journalists in the daily briefing yesterday that the county has registered two new laboratory cases of covid-19, bringing the number to 22. Out of this total The Gambia has recorded one death so far.
Hassan B. Jallow, the Chief Justice of The Gambia acting pursuant to the Coroner’s Act, Laws of The Gambia, has designated Her Worship Mrs. Isatou Janneh-Njie, Principal Magistrate Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, as Coroner to inquire the death of Mr. Januario Wande Beducande Findem, a Bissau Guinean national who was alleged to have committed suicide. He was reportedly arrested with cocaine by officers of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency, The Gambia (DLEAG) last month.
A.M. Yusuf, state counsel, yesterday urged the High Court in Banjul before Justice Ebrima Jaiteh to ask Yankuba Touray, who is charged with murder, to open his defence. This followed the no-case submission made by Defence Counsel Sissoho on behalf of Yankuba.
Gambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mamadou Tangara on Wednesday told lawmakers that over 4000 Gambian migrants in Germany are on the verge of being repatriated to The Gambia, Fatu Network reports.
Fafa Sanyang, the minster of Petroleum and Energy during yesterday’s Africa Ministerial Roundtable Virtual Meeting jointly hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy of Senegal on the Impact of Covid-19 on Africa's Energy Sector, proposed for ECOWAS member states to promote the use of liquid petroleum gas in order to eradicate the use of fuel wood and charcoal.