A New York-based Gambian association called 'United Gambia Association' Monday donated a cash sum of D93, 100, as its contribution towards mitigating the plight of victims of past floods that hit the country.
The vice president and minister of Women's Affairs, Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy, who is also the chairperson of the Disaster Governing Council, presided over the presentation at a ceremony held at her office in State House. Presenting the money, Samba Faal, a representative of the Association, expressed delight being part of the initiative.
He explained that the amount is the personal contribution of the members based America. He said that after they learnt of the floods that hit the country, they thought it important to help their fellow countrymen back home. Faal described the move taken by the Association as a show of patriotism and thanked the government under the able leadership of President Jammeh for creating the enabling environment for the citizenry and non-citizens alike.
Lamin Nyabally, the permanent secretary, Office of the Vice President, hailed the move taken by the Gambian association, saying they are far but have not forgotten about their home country.
Pulo Joof, the executive director of NDMA, described disaster as a phenomenon that can cause havoc in the communities. He hailed the Gambian Association in New York for the gesture.
Solomon Owen, the minister of Agriculture, equally thanked the Gambian Association for the donation. He added that the money will go a long way in alleviating the plight of the floods victims.
On her part, VP Njie-Saidy thanked the Gambian association for the move. She also thanked the APRC New York Branch for its support to President Jammeh over the years, saying the members are committed to the development of the country."I always reiterated the fact that no matter how long a log stays in the water it can never become a crocodile. I want to urge all to pray for peace and unity of the country," she added.
The vice president further stated that she was not at all surprised by the move of the Gambian association. She also stressed that it is important for one to support his/her country no matter what. She assured that the government will always create an enabling environment for all citizens to live in an atmosphere of peace and unity.