The management of the Brikama Area Council (BAC) on Saturday presented D215, 000 to 10 institutions in the West Coast Region.
The beneficiaries include the region's Disaster Management Office, the regional youth and sports committees, the Brikama Community Radio Station (FMB) and the Gambia Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (GADHOH).
Being the BAC's annual subvention to the institutions in the region, the financial support,this the beneficiaries believe, will in no small measure complement their activities and programmes that are designed to benefit their people.
The governor of the region, Lamin Sanneh, who is the current interim chairman of the BAC, commended the beneficiaries for their collaboration with the Council over the years, noting that such cooperation is a pointer that development is all-inclusive; hence it cannot be done in isolation.
The chief executive officer of the BAC, Tamba S. Kinteh, said the move speaks volumes of the Council's commitment to providing support, services and social amenities to the communities for enhanced livelihood.
"This is a proud moment for the entire region and we are hopeful that these subventions will help you. We hope that the gesture will primarily enable you to carry out your activities in the region," he stated.
CEO Kinteh specifically noted that the donation to the regional Disaster Management Committee will help it to mitigate and respond to disasters on time.
For the Brikama and Bwiam Community Radio Stations, Kinteh said the donation would now enable them to deliver effective services in the area of education, entertainment and informative programmes.
Calling on the beneficiaries to ensure judicious use of the subvention, CEO Kinteh renewed his call to the people in the region to settle their dues or taxes to the Council on time, so as to enable it carry on with developments for their own benefit. He thus challenged chiefs and alkalolu to sensitise their people on the importance of paying tax; given that it is ploughed back to them in the form of development programmes.
The Council's public relations officer, Modou Jonga, affirmed that the donation is intended to help the beneficiaries implement their development programmes and activities.