A prominent Gambian businessman Thursday presented two brand new cars - model 4+4 M-Class Mercedes Benz, which is a 2013 model; and E-300 Saloon Benz, as birthday gifts to the president of the Republic, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh.
Muhammed Jah, proprietor and chief executive officer of QCELL GSM company limited, who also runs other firms such as Espace Motors and Quantum Net, handed over the keys to the cars to the secretary general, head of the Civil Service and minister of Presidential Affairs, who received them on behalf of the Gambian leader, at State House in Banjul.
Speaking at the ceremony, Muhammed Jah thanked President Jammeh for his continuous support and encouragement to him. He said: "It gives me a great pleasure to stand here this afternoon to present two Mercedes Benz, M-Class and E-300 Saloon Benz to His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh on the occasion of his 48th birthday celebration. On behalf of my family and my staff I would like to congratulate him and pray for his long life and good health." Recollecting the words of wisdom of encouragement by the Gambian leader on the first year anniversary of Qcell in which he [Jammeh] expressed with optimism that, "If anybody is going to bring a vehicle assembling plant in The Gambia, it is going to be me," Jah said those words inspired him.
"This is a very nice feeling for me which made me to double my effort. At that time, we were only distributing Chinese vehicles and today, I am very happy that apart from the Chinese vehicles we are the official distributors of Mercedes Benz from Germany, Citroen from France and Ford from the United States of America. So it is a step-by-step process and very soon we would realise His Excellency's wish," he assured. Jah noted that they just started bringing the cars to the country, and that as such, they thought it fitting for the president to test them before the commencement of their sales.
Also speaking at the ceremony, the minister of Transport, Construction and Infrastructure, Francis Litti Mboge, thanked Muhammed Jah for the gesture, saying that they are overwhelmed about it. "We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mohammed Jah for such a gesture and pray for his success, particularly in actualising his dream of establishing a vehicle assembling plant in The Gambia. Like he [Jah] said, the country is moving and for sure in a very short period of time, we would fulfill our dreams and aspirations," he added.
The Fisheries and Water Resources minister, Mass Axi Gye, described the gesture as laudable, and encouraged Jah to continue the good work that he has been doing.
Receiving the keys to the vehicle, Dr Njogu Bah said they are honoured to take delivery of the vehicles on behalf of The Gambian leader. He thanked Jah on behalf of President Jammeh for the gesture, and acknowledged that this was not the first time that the benefactor stretched his arms to the president. "Whenever he has new products, he would first introduce them to the president and he doesn't mind the cost involved or the magnitude of the expenses. He would bring them to His Excellency and seek his blessings and prayers, which have always been appreciated," said Dr Bah. The Presidential Affairs minister described Jah as a product of the July 22nd Revolution; something he said is emphasised by this growing entrepreneur, whom he added also associates his success to the support given by the president.
Minister Bah also praised Jah for being very ambitious and described him as a role model that all young Gambians should emulate. "With the support of the Gambian leader, His Excellency the president, I know the sky is the limit," he assured Jah, and added: "We want to encourage you to continue the good work and continue being serious and conscious of the fact that the future of our country is in our hands and that we have to get involved and not to allow all that we have to go to the foreigners. We encourage you to continue to be focused and be more ambitious. We are sure that the assembling plant that the president alluded to during the inauguration of the Qcell complex would be realised very soon because since then you have been working towards that." The presentation ceremony was moderated by the director of Press and Communications, Ms Fatou Camara.