May 7, 2020, 12:06 PM
Brikama Association in New York, USA has donated 66 bags of sugar and rice worth over D100, 000 to Imams in Brikama, Jambur, Jambanjelly and Kalagi.
From the onset, we expressed solidarity with our people and advocated for the nation’s resources to be mobilized for the fight to decisively win thisdo-or-die war. To date, we hold to the same conviction, even where we remain keenly aware that, as a country, we areill-equipped with a low level of preparedness. Hence we still face a very real risk of a large scale outbreak that can easily overwhelm us, in its rapid spread through the contagion effect.
Gambia for All lost no time in expressing support for the prevention and containment measures announced by the public authorities, while we called on the Government to urgently review the national budget with a view to redefining priorities and freeing up state resources, ahead of any help expected from the general public, as well as from abroad. Ever since, we have witnessed an outpouring of a spirit of solidarity expressed through generous support provided by Gambians at home and abroad as well as by our many foreigner friends, a development we applaud.
Today, we welcome the Government’s decision to provide support to households. If handled properly, this will bring much needed relief to the communities. Similarly, we applaud the hardworking frontline medical personnel, the security officersand all those working tirelessly to stop the spread of the disease. We admire them for their hard work and sacrifice. We sympathise with all victims of the covid-19.
But our situation remains extremely difficult and pre-occupying; we are still not yet out of the woods. To say so is to admit reality, and not to seek to cause undue alarm. The nature of the beast is such that we need to maintain our sights on the medium to the long term for coming out of the tunnel. Experiences around us, and elsewhere in the world, should edify us.
That is why we find it necessary to renew our call for a comprehensive and coherent response plan to address the menace, away from thead hocry and the improvisation we are, for now, witnessing. We expect the Government to set out a battle plan to address the challenges in the immediate, short and medium term. This will help identify priority actions, as well as give clear operational directions, in order to provide a framework to guide interventions by Gambians and all others willing to support us.It is never too late to take this suggestion on-board.Concretely, we call for a coherent Response Plancontaining, and clearly outlining,the following elements:
Operating under the supervision of a body to include members of the public, the Fund should serve as the dedicated reception point for donations in order to ensure transparency, discourage the deplorable practice of partisan or politically-motivated manipulation which we are presently witnessing up and down the country. Additionally, such a mechanism can only help enhance coordination and effectiveness generally.
In point of fact, we make bold here and contend that the management of the emergency operations called for by the situation requires a consensual approach. In handling the crisis, we urge the Government to associate other active national forces, such as civil society and political parties, through the institution of a steering mechanism with extensive oversight responsibilities.
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The European Union co-funded project “Circular Economy in Sustainable Agricultural Development” has installed signboards across over a dozen project implementation sites in North Bank Region.
An association established to empower single mothers in The Gambia has been launched on Saturday, at Brusubi Right Choice Junction. Founded in April 2020, the association aims to assist single mothers to improve their lives, skills and to help them obtain employment.
Diplomatic status for Africa Export –Import Bank was confirmed by National Assembly on Monday 22 June 2020.
Banjul, June 22, 2020: Honorable Mambury Njie, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs and Mr. Nathan Belete, the World Bank Country Director have signed today a $35 million grant to support the country’s efforts to improve effectiveness in fiscal management for better public service delivery.
Sinchu Alagia community chairman, Jibel Tourray, on Saturday donated 20 bags of sugar to women leaders (Yai compins) within the community.