Dec 18, 2020, 12:52 PM
The Nurses Bantaba, a charity foundation recently donated medical items and materials worth over D160,000 to Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul.
Presiding over the distribution of 55 bags of 50kgs rice to his people at his residence in Brikama over the weekend, Alieu K. Darboe reminded the people of his ward that they should see each other as one family and one nation.
According to him, heads of sub- committee at the Brikama Area Council have made the decision to provide food aid to the most vulnerable families while the contract committee’s role was to coordinate the new procurement process.
He said Bankers Association of The Gambia has donated one hundred thousand dalasi, Taf Africa Foundation one hundred thousand dalasi, GCCI two hundred thousand dalasi and the Council contributed six hundred thousand dalasi to buy one thousand, six hundred and eighty bags of 50kgs of rice and gave to all the 28 councilors in West Coast Region in response to Covid-19 pandemic.
"The voter population of Kembujeh ward is thirteen thousand, seven hundred and forty-nine. That alone is huge burden on me alone much more if the entire population is combined. So this is why I'm saying we should try to do away with anything that can bring confrontation between us. Let us see each other as one family. Let us embraced each other, celebrate each other, and let us do away with tribalism."
Mr. Darboe said the purpose of the donation is part of his cooperate social responsibility as well as the Brikama Area Council because they are elected to serve the interest of the people and that is why they are given the mandate to be at the Area Council's chambers to sit and discuss issues affecting their respective electorates.
"I'm not working in isolation. I have a committee call Kembujeh ward development committee which I sat as the chairman but it doesn't necessarily mean that I should impose anything on the people against their will," Darboe said.
Councilor Darboe further lamented that the most important part of the donation is that the most vulnerable families are benefiting.
Hamadi Jawara, social secretary of Kembujeh Ward Development Committee advised the beneficiaries to make the best use of the tokens.
Bentung Sillah, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries called on President Adama Barrow to help them while thanking Councilor Darboe and the Brikama Area Council for the support.
National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI) with support from the government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports has disbursed a sum of 6.6 million dalasis to support youth and women entrepreneurs.
Claudiana A. Cole, Minister of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) recently paid inspection visits to a number of schools in Regions 3 and 6 in order to familiarise herself on whether World Health Organization and Ministry of Health Covid-19 precautionary measures are being implemented by schools.