Gambia: Alh. Momodou Sanyang Passes Away

Tributes continue to pour in, to remember the life of a veteran broadcaster and the long-serving director general of the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS), Alhaji Momodou Sanyang, who died at the age of 64. He passed away on December 29, 2012 at the Mbowen Clinic in Kanifing, after a long illness.

The remains of the ex-GRTS DG Sanyang were laid to rest on the same day at the Bundung cemetery, with scores of people attending the funeral service, among them the vice president and minister of Women's Affairs, Her Excellency Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy, Cabinet ministers, National Assembly members, staff of GRTS and many others from within and outside the country.

The late Sanyang, whose demise was described as 'a great loss' to the country, was also credited with transforming the national broadcaster for it was during his time that GRTS went on satellite. He served in the profession for more than three decades. Many who knew the former GRTS boss described his death as a loss that has left a huge vacuum at GRTS. He was described as a hardworking and honest man. He was also praised for his support to Islam.

Among those who paid tribute to the late Sanyang at his funeral service were, Alhaji Abdoulie Fatty, Imam of the State House Mosque; Momodou Lamin Touray, president of the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council; and Imam Ratib of Banjul Alhaji Cherno Alieu Mass Kah. They all described the late former GRTS DG as a true supporter of Islam, while Nancy Niang, permanent secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure; and Alhaji Sankung Badjie, former Inspector General of Police, among others spoke of the late Sanyang's professionalism and the respect he has for his job and humanity at large.

Imam Abdoulie Fatty in particular urged the bereaved family to remain united and faithful to Allah for He is the only one who gives life and takes it. He also advised the sympathisers not to overstay as this will put more burden on the bereaved family.

Presidential contribution

President Jammeh gave the sum of D251, 000 to the bereaved family, 222 bags of rice, 7 bulls, 69 Gallons of cooking oil and 4 bags of sugar. He also pledged to sponsor both the third, seventh and the forty days charity of the departed soul.

The Gambian leader was also thanked for his continuous support to the cause of humanity. He was praised for the gesture, which the family members acknowledged would go a long way in helping them.

Background

Born on December 25th, 1948, the late Alhaji Momodou Sanyang began his carrier at GRTS as a messenger on the 10th February 197o until June 1972 when he was elevated to became a Jola news announcer at the Department of Information and broadcasting in Radio Gambia. He later became an assistant studio operator at the same institution on 1st July 1974, later as studio operator on 1st July 1976; sound recordist at the Film Production Until on the 1st March 1982; Film Editor, (Grade 12) on 1st May 1983; Senior Tape Editor under Gamtel (Gambia Television), on 1st April 1996; Manager TV programmes on the 7th November 2002 until his retirement on the 25th December 2003.

He was then retained as manager TV Programmes on 1st February 2004 contract for 2 years, retained again as manager from 1st February 2006, later appointed as deputy director general on 1st March 2006, then rose to the position of Director General GRTS on the 13th June 2006, a position he held until his retirement on December 14th, 2012Director General GRTS 13th June 2006, retirement from service on December 14th 2012.

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