GRTS Radio News February 13 2013
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The President Sheikh Professor Alh Dr Yahya Jammeh on Wednesday received in audience the new Senegalese High Commissioner to the Gambia. Babacarr Jagne the Former Director General of Senegal’s national broadcaster RTS was at the presidency to present his credentials as well as discuss bilateral relations between the Gambia and Senegal. In an interview with reporters High Commissioner Jagne said the discussions illustrated the excellent ties between Banjul and Dakar which he promised to further strengthen. He also spoke of his readiness to promote trade between his country and the Gambia. The Senegalese High Commissioner described himself as a member of the media fraternity and called on all particularly the media to help him realize his objectives.
The Vice President Dr Aja Isatou Njie Saidy Wednesday presided over a presentation of ten thousand dalasi and two hundred bags of rice donated by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in the Gambia in collaboration with Humanity First. The donation is meant to support victims of last year’s crop failure. Vice President Aja Dr Isatou Njie Saidy who’s also the Chairperson of National Disaster Management Council hailed the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at for their contribution to nation building. The Amir of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in the Gambia Baba S Trawally expressed delight in the donation saying Islam is about caring and sharing.
The Director of Administration and Logistics at the Gambia Armed Forces has praised Child Fund the Gambia and save the children Sweden for their remarkable contributions to the development of children in the Gambia and beyond. Col Hina Sambou made the remarks on Wednesday at the Gambia Armed Forces Headquarters in Banjul where he presided over the handing over ceremony of office furniture earmarked for the child welfare unit under GAF. The items are a donation from child fund the Gambia and save the children Sweden designed to enhance the armed forces performance in the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of children in the barracks. Speaking on behalf of the Chief of Defense Staff, Col Sambou described the donors as true friends of GAF. He said GAF highly treasures their long standing partnership with the donors dating back to the 1990s. He hoped the partnership will continue to grow from strength to strengthen. The Officer Commanding the Child Welfare Unite of GAF Captain Abdoulie Sarr hailed the gesture as timely saying it would enable his unit to decentralize services across the country. He reiterated their commitment to the partnership and child protection. The Director of child Fund the Gambia Mustapha Kebbeh spoke of their commitment to the development of children. He lauded the Commander – In Chief of the Gambia Armed Forces President Sheikh Professor Alh Dr Yahya Jammeh for creating the enabling environment for the protection and development of children. He assured the GAF leadership of their resolve to continue working with them in the quest to make a difference in the lives of children in the Gambia and beyond.
The Gambia Teachers Union Credit Cooperate Union (GTUCCU) on Wednesday handed over 100 motorcycles to teachers in remote areas through its consumer cooperate unit at its Headquarters in Kanifing. The presentation coincided with the launching of the consumer cooperate unit of GTU. Its purpose is to address issues affecting teachers. Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of Basic and Secondary Education Fatou Lamin Faye commended GTU’s credit union for the initiative adding that the move will improve the livelihood of teachers. The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education Baboucarr Boye said mobility is a necessity in the education system. He urged teachers to put all hands on deck to generate more income for the proper functioning of the union. The President of GTUCCU Lamin K. Marong and the General Manager Babucarr Joof explained that the union seeks to provide social and financial services to teachers. Kebba Sonko a teacher from Sittanunku, North Bank Region thanked the union for the support.
The Insurance Association of the Gambia on Wednesday donated foodstuff to the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital in Banjul, as part of activities marking a weeklong awareness campaign aimed at improving the image of the insurance industry in the Gambia. The donated items include rice and cooking oil among others. Speaking to GRTS shortly after the presentation ceremony, the Secretary General of the Insurance Association Henry Jawo noted that the move was in fulfillment of the association’s cooperate social responsibility. Jawo spoke of his association’s readiness to collaborate with all and sundry for national interest. The chairperson of the RVTH donation committee Fatou Ceesay Nyabally thanked the donors for the gesture saying that the items will go a long way in addressing some of the constraints facing the hospital. The presentation ceremony was preceded by a sponsored walk on the streets of Banjul. Speaking shortly after the procession, the chairperson of the organizing committee of the awareness week, Lamin Yabou commended participants for making the event a success.