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GRTS Radio News February 12 2013

February 12, 2013

The Vice President Dr Aja Isatou Njie Saidy has paid tribute to Action Aid International The Gambia`s contributions to the country`s development progress.  She said Action Aid is a household name and has won government’s trust and confidence.  Madam Njie Saidy made the remarks in her office this afternoon during a meeting with a visiting team from Action Aid International who are reviewing the activities of the organisation which is transiting from an international to a National NGO. She catalogued the organization’s numerous contributions to diverse sectors of the Gambian economy including enhancing the income and livelihoods of farmers. She however noted that addressing youth unemployment, maternal mortality and women empowerment are critical areas that the government would need NGO’s intervention. The head of the delegation Poguni Chennayaah who is also a Board Member of Action Aid International – India expressed appreciation of the good work of the organisation in the country and hoped that the transition would help further strengthen the collaboration between the organisation and the government.  Deputy Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Bully Dibba described the organisation as one of the most efficient in the country. The Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Action Aid The Gambia Janet Sallah Njie praised the cordial working relations between government and the NGO.
The Biodiversity Action Journalists Organisation today held a capacity building workshop at the Tango Conference Hall along Bertil Harding Highway. The forum was part of events marking the launch of the association as well as to improve the knowledge of journalists with regards to dissemination of information on biodiversity related matters.  Speaking at the forum, the Director Water Resources Pa Ousman Jarju said the formation of the organization was crucial to addressing climate change issues.  Alpha Jallow of the Department of Water Resources made similar remarks.  Gibairu Janneh of the Gambia Press Union said training journalists to better understand environmental issues was fundamental to combating climate change.  He urged the various departments involved in environmental issues to create a conducive environment for journalists to share information. Mr Janneh also spoke of the importance of reporting climate change matters in the local languages in order to reach the grassroots.
The weeklong awareness campaign of the Insurance Association of the Gambia is gathering momentum with a public lecture today at the Laico Atlantic Hotel in Banjul. The session was aimed at wiping out the negative image associated with insurance services. The Secretary General of the Insurance Association of the Gambia Henry Jawo described this year’s theme “contribution of insurance stakeholders towards eradicating the poor public image of the industry” as fitting and commended participants for making the event a success.  Presenting a paper on theme, Muhammed Jagana President Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry pointed out that most of the misconceptions associated with insurance services are as a result of ignorance, and therefore enjoined people to acquaint themselves with insurance policies. Jagana suggested that mass sensitization and the incorporation of insurance education in the school curricula will go a long way towards eradicating the poor public image of the industry.  The Commissioner of Insurance, Central Bank of the Gambia Pa Alieu Sillah said the successes registered by the insurance industry can also be used in measuring economic growth. He noted that a significant number of insurance companies are now owned by Gambians contrary to what existed before.  The Senior Manager of Prime Insurance Company limited Rougie Gaye Nyang explained that insurance service is a contingency plan in case of unforeseen circumstances and should not be regarded as a form of savings. She recommended education and communication to improve the image of the industry. Activities continue tomorrow with a sponsored walk in Banjul.
Twenty senior officials of the National Records Office are being trained on leadership and ICT at the Management Development Institute.  In a statement on the weeklong programme, the Deputy Director General MDI Alieu K Jarjue explained that the training is a continuous process aimed at equipping civil servants with requisite skills and knowledge to become more effective and accountable in the execution of their duties. Mr Jarjue emphasized the importance of capacity building for efficient service delivery.  Mohamed Jammeh Head of Department, School of Business and Public Administration said ICT, leadership and management skills are important in their profession as custodians of public sector records.
Reports reaching our Newsroom say a fire incident at Numuyel village in Gambisara Upper River Region on Monday engulfed a house belonging to one Aja Sarjo Jallow. The Fire according to Hon Habiboulie K. Jawo – Jimara Constituency destroyed foodstuff, cash and other valuables. The incident was reportedly caused by electric sparks.  There was no casualty.
The Manager of Chamen Agricultural Training and Seed Multiplication Centre in Upper Baddibou North Bank Region has said that rehabilitation works at the facility were aimed at enhancing food security. Momodou Joof was speaking to our regional correspondent who was out to gauge the opinion of agricultural officials on the upgrading process. Mr Joof underscored the support of the Gambia Emergency Agricultural Production Project GEAPP and Department of Agriculture as well as the efforts of the community of Chamen in the sustenance of the centre. He said the objective of rehabilitation exercise was to promote seed multiplication and security to enable farmers’ access quality seed. He also commented on their commitment to promote technological innovation and crop diversification. On horticulture, Mr Joof said his office was committed to year round vegetable production to supplement nutrition and income of farmers and youths. He seize the occasion to thank World Bank and the Department of Agriculture for their foresight in revitalizing the centre, and providing over 3, 000 assortment of tree seedlings and promoting animal fattening practices.
The Principal of the Institute of Travel and Tourism in The Gambia has called on communities who are blessed with eco-tourism facilities to professionally harness them and promote tourism.  Sheikh Tijan Nyang was speaking at the start of a three-day awareness raising workshop on responsible and sustainable tourism at the Coastal village of Kartong. The training organized under the auspices of the Sustainable Livelihood Project dubbed COAST being implemented by the NEA brought together representatives of beneficiary communities, sustainable tourism operators and other stakeholders. COAST Project Demo-Site Coordinator Abubacarr Kujabi said the project seeks to reduce tourism induced degradation of marine and coastal eco-systems by adopting best practices and strategies to enhance sustainable tourism practices.  He noted that the main activities of the project in Kartong include the promotion of village tours, camping, cross village excursions, sports tourism, and craft development.  A Senior Programme officer at the Coastal Zone Management Unit, National Environment Agency Momodou Jaamal Suwareh paid tribute to participating communities and other stakeholders for their commitment to the project. He expressed hope that the desired objectives would be realized.

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