WFP supports NDMA Covid-19 coordination with 2 vehicles

Jul 10, 2020, 11:01 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

World Food Programme (WFP), Thursday delivered a Toyota Prado and double cabin Toyota Hilux to the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) to facilitate the Agency’s Covid-19 coordination in The Gambia.

The NDMA as the central body for disaster management in The Gambia is hosting the national Covid-19 coordination unit that is bringing in relevant stakeholders in a harmonized and integrated approach. Part of their task is to coordinate national Covid-19 response, develop a strategy and an operational plan that will help in building resilience and reduce any short, medium, long-term and negative impact of Covid-19 in the country as well as strengthen the capacity of the agency.

Sanna Dahaba, NDMA’s executive director said his office has been facing challenges since its inception, citing lack of adequate resources (both human and financial) for operation especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr. Dahaba added that the assistance and partnership with WFP is making a big difference in addressing their constraints and equipping the agency in responding to the impacts of Covid-19 in The Gambia.

He commended WFP for their support and guidance in ensuring government preparedness and response level against the impacts of Covid-19 dealing with health, humanitarian and socio-economic impacts. 

Wanja Kaaria, WFP’s country representative said they are committed to working with NDMA in enhancing the effectiveness and greater efficiency of NDMA.  She said their key support has been centered on strengthening capacities on disaster risk management, but also committed to the establishment of coordination bodies around early warning systems to ensure that NDMA has the capacity and ability to lead in DRR issues.

“Two of our strategic objectives are around strengthening government capacity as well as delivering, fostering, sustainability, efficiency, effectiveness and allow transition and ownership of the role we play that one day NDMA and government will be standing on their own,” she said.

Madam Kaaria stated that it’s hoped the vehicles will contribute to the enhancement of NDMA’s work especially in light of the current pandemic. She therefore urged them to make best use of the vehicles to enhance joint efforts towards national development.

“Lives can be changed and saved if we have the capacity to respond quickly, efficiently and effectively,” she noted.

She reaffirmed her office’s commitment to support Gambia government in the development of efforts aligned to the National Development Plan.

Dawda Ceesay, Permanent Secretary at the Office of the Vice President described the donation as timely, saying vulnerability has now expanded such that middle income earners are even becoming more vulnerable than before as a result of the economic consequences of Covid-19.

Mr. Ceesay thanked WFP for their continuous support and appealed to others to emulate them in ensuring vulnerable communities are protected.

Read Other Articles In Headlines
Jammeh and Sheriff Kijera
‘Jammeh’s perpetrators hijack Gambia’s reforms agenda
Jul 6, 2020, 1:05 PM

Sheriff Kijera, chairman of Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Right Violation has claimed that the country’s reform agenda is being hijacked by enablers of former President Yahya Jammeh.

Narcotics agents nab 63 suspects for drug trafficking
Jul 7, 2020, 11:45 AM

Operatives from the Drug Law Enforcement Agency, The Gambia (DLEAG) last month arrested 63 people for drug trafficking related issues, as war against drug trafficking and other organised crime intensifies.

Janneh commission paper
Gov’t, Tarek Musa come to consensus on Janneh Commission’s recommendation
Jul 8, 2020, 11:00 AM

The Gambia government and Tarek Musa have reached an agreement in respect to the adverse findings of the Janneh Commission against Tarek Musa.

Mai Fatty
Mai urges pursuant of best foreign policy interest
Apr 20, 2020, 12:53 PM

Former Interior minister and President Adama Barrow’s adviser, Mai Ahmed Fatty, has argued that The Gambia must continue to pursue a foreign policy that “best serves and protects our national interests.”

TRRC submits interim report to gov’t
Apr 30, 2020, 1:37 PM

The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) on Wednesday, April 29 submitted its interim report to Government. At a small ceremony held at the Ministry of Justice, TRRC Chair Dr. Lamin Sise handed over copies of the report to Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou for onward transmission to President Barrow.

New South Group
New South Group boosts Ministry of Health with medical items, herbal tea
Jul 21, 2020, 10:07 AM

New South Group last Thursday supported Gambia’s Ministry of Health with over 15, 200 doses of artmisinin and piperaquine tablets.

interim Management
Interim Management for Sir Dawda K. Jawara International Conference Center inaugurated
Jun 18, 2020, 11:38 AM

Press release : Petroleum House, Brusubi, 17 June 2020 - Oicgambia Secretariat and the Ministry of Transport and Works on Wednesday inaugurated an interim body charged with temporary managing and operating the newly commissioned Sir DawdaKairabaJawara International Conference Center in Bijilo.

Barrow launches over D700m covid-19 food aid
Apr 27, 2020, 12:13 PM

President Adama Barrow on Sunday launched government’s covid-19 food aid worth D734,25, 864 to 84% of needy Gambian households.