27 February 2013

Gambia: Niani Lawmaker Facilitates Donation of Relief Items to Fire Victims

The National Assembly Member (NAM) for Niani Constituency has facilitated the donation of relief items to fire victims in the Central River Region (CRR).

Demba BT Sambou in collaboration with The Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS), Future In Our Hands (FIOH), Gamcel and the Jah Oil Company donated 18 bales of second hand clothing and 20 bags of rice as relief items to over 109 families in Sinchu Jatali and Paloli villages in the CRR. The items were meant to mitigate the impact of the disaster that occurred as a result of a recent inferno that engulfed their households.

Presenting the items, Sambou thanked the group for their support, and said the assistance would go a long way in alleviating the plight of the victims, whom he noted have virtually lost everything in the fire.

"I am delighted to present this humanitarian aid to the people of my constituency. As their representative, I will always be concerned about their welfare," he added.

The Niani lawmaker also commended Gamcel and Jah Oil Company for providing a vehicle and fuel to transport the items.

The chief of Niani District, Alhaji Pierre Bah, hailed the lawmaker for caring for the people who elected him, adding that this is what is expected of a representative. He also thanked other partners for their support and assured them that the donated items will help in uplifting the status of the victims.

While calling on the communities to be vigilant about fire outbreaks, Chief Bah equally challenged them to close ranks in the interest of development.

A representative of the Future In Our Hand (FIOH), Buba Fabureh, disclosed that the donation came from a request made to them by Hon. Sambou for support to the fire victims. He further disclosed that the 20 bags of rice were purchased at a cost of D25, 000.

The alkalo of Sinchu Jatali, Samba Njie, commended Hon. Sambou for his efforts, noting that his move demonstrates the care and concern he has for his people.

Other speakers at the ceremony included the CRR disaster coordinator, Bubacarr Fofana; and the regional Red Cross coordinator, Pa Musa Kejera, who both thanked the NAM for his efforts.

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