Sheikh Tijan Secka, a carpenter, residing at Old Jeshwang, on Tuesday donated a podium to the Gambia Police Force (GPF), at a presentation ceremony held at the Police headquarters in Banjul.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Inspector General of Police, Yankuba J.N Sonko, urged the members of the police force to maintain good relationship with skill workers, saying that they are partners. He called on the police to maintain professionalism in their approach towards the public; the way they arrest and handle matters at the station.He indicated that if the donor was once harassed in one way or the other by the police he would not have made a podium for them. He observed that the public are now coming in to assist the police force because they have discovered that the police are working hard to improve the image of The Gambia Police Force.
IGP Sonko thanked the donor for considering the police force as an important branch of the government, saying that without peace there will be no meaningful development. "It is on this background that you are able to make all this effort and you will agree with me that you are successful because there is peace and tranquility in the country, otherwise you will not have ventured into any skill work," he emphasised.
Sheikh Tijan Secka, the donor, said that the public should not see the police as their enemies, saying"because if we sleep well at night and do ourwork comfortablly, the police are always there to provide security," he said. He disclosed that he will present some other podiums to the University of The Gambia, the Gambia Armed Forces, and Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital.
Cadet ASP Abdou Bojang thanked and expressed appreciation to the donor. At the end of the presentation, the Inspector General of Police presented a certificate to Sheikh Tijan Secka as a sign of appreciation.