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Rohey Malick Lowe: Fighting covid-19 requires collective efforts

Sep 28, 2020, 12:46 PM | Article By: Momodou Jawo

Rohey Malick Lowe, Mayoress of Banjul City Council (BCC) has underscored the significance of unity in the fight against the deadly coronavirus, arguing that “we should work collectively with a view to completely fight the spread of the invisible enemy in the country.”

“The security personnel are playing an active role in ensuring people adhere to regulations put in place amid fighting the spread of the virus. Therefore, it’s important to complement their efforts in terms of providing them with the required support they needed,” she said.

The BCC mayoress was speaking on Friday at the Serrekunda Police Station in the Kanifing Municipality as she boosted the station with over 1000 facemasks, detergents, soap, sanitisers, and hand washing machines among other valuable items.

“We’re following the good job the police are doing in the country especially that of Serrekunda Police Station, being the busiest station in the country. The police are the architect of the country. Therefore, as citizens of the country we should give them the maximum respect they deserve,” she went on.

The donation, she added, has nothing to do with politics. “I heard that there were some challenges especially with regard to some of the donated items, thus I believe it’s among my responsibility to help them. Covid-19 is a concern to everyone, hence as mayoress of the capital city, I have a role to play towards addressing some challenges people are encountering with.”

“As mayoress of BCC, I see myself as the mother of the nation, giving the fact that Banjul is the capital city of the country. Therefore, if I see some regions, individuals or organisations encountering some difficulties and I have the means to support them I should do so because I see the country first than any other issues.”

The hand washing machine, she went on, was given to them by TIKA. “However, taking into account that the station needs it more, I felt it’s paramount to support them. The securities are our partners, so if I have the means to support them with anything I will not hesitate to do that. I have been following the good job they’re doing especially in the Policeso Magazine.”

She therefore urged them to redouble their efforts in maintaining peace and stability in the country. “It doesn’t matter who the person is, always do your job accordingly and also treat people with dignity.”

Lamin Manka, head of Police Operation in Kanifing Municipality, dwelled on the importance of the donated items, saying they were among the most needed items by the Police Station.

“Given the fact that the security personnel are also frontline workers in the fight against the pandemic, it’s important to support them with necessary materials that could help and prevent them from getting infected. This donation clearly manifests that Mayoress is not only looking at BCC but the country at large,” he noted.  

“I am quite optimistic that if we have many kinds of Rohey Malick Lowe in the country, then national development is guaranteed.”

“This is the first time since the pandemic started in the country that we are receiving such kind of gesture. We have a council in Kanifing Municipality and there are a lot of companies within the region, but I can tell you that it’s the first time we received such a gesture. To you, the donated items might be small but for us it's a big thing,” Gibril Jawo, KM deputy police commissioner added.