Lrr — Stakeholders within the Lower River and North Bank Regions recently concluded a three-day 'Message Development' forum on HIV/Aids, Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), Gender and Road Safety. The forum was held at Pakalinding village, Jarra West District.
Organised by The Gambia Family Planning Association (GFPA), the event attracted participants from Government institutions, departments, women and youth leaders, amongst others.
The initiative is part of the programme of activities of the Trans-Gambia Corridor Project (TCP).
The organisers disclosed that the three-year project will focus on health promotion, gender and road safety awareness. The other component of the project is the construction of the multi-million Dalasi Trans-Gambia Bridge Project meant to replace the Bamba Tenda/Yelli Tenda ferry crossing point linking the North Bank and Lower River Regions.
Yankuba Dibba, the Executive Director of GFPA, noted that the specific objectives of the workshop among others is to reduce the incidence of HIV/AID, STI and Road Safety as well as to promote women empowerment.
He thus called on the participants to make best use of the forum so as to come up with good recommendations that would be helpful in the promotion of health and road safety in the country.
The GFPA Executive Director affirmed that as stakeholders GFPA will continue to engage people in the implementation of the Trans-Gambia Corridor Project in the next three years.
The Governor of the Region, Salifu Puye, while underscoring the importance of the workshop, indicated the need for participants to come up with good recommendations for the development of the society.
Governor Puye described the Trans-Gambia Bridge Project as yet another milestone development ushered in by the Government of The Gambia under the leadership of His Excellency the President, Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yaya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa.
The LRR Governor thus stressed the need to put all hands on deck to make sure that all the components of the TCP are successfully implemented.
"I must thank GFPA for organising the forum in my region as well as to encourage them to keep up the momentum. The steps taken by GFPA to engage stakeholders in the implementation of the TCP are welcomed," Governor Puye remarked.
Momodou Njie, the Programme Officer of GFPA, thanked the participants for turn out, and expressed the Authority's appreciation of their efforts in making the event a success.
Fabakary Sanneh, Chairman of the Mansakonko Area Council, expressed similar sentiments, assuring GFPA of his council's cooperation towards the successful implementation of the project.