Opinion – Accountability While In Public Office?

The Gambia today is such that the recent sacking of the Vice President and changes of the composition of ministers in cabinet brings with it very egregious consequences.

As if we’ve not recently witnessed cabinet ministers operating independently of the direction, policy and vision of the same Coalition Government constituted by its members. The scandals of corruption, abuse of office and ineptitude surrounding Cabinet ministers can only be the basis for President Adama Barrow to “refresh” his government, in the face of poor polling numbers; remove poor performers; and reward supporters but punish nobody.

This situation had worsened in these recent times, and it appeared nothing significant could be done, in particular, to find the solution to their dubious problem as well as the frequently occurring scandal in government circles that affect us almost always. As humans, we are not perfect but one cannot be considered honest and upright after manifesting a total abnegation and denial of joint responsibilities. This goes without saying that the current Coalition Government under President Barrow cannot harbor an opposition force within its own setup.

This is not only a self-betrayal but a dishonest tendency to uphold the very principles that created the unity of purpose and common objectives. Problems and ideological differences should be ironed out in house rather than dishonestly stealing and twisting public opinion and public sympathy for political gain. No one is allowed to ride on the back of the Coalition government and at the same time use the same platform to denounce common policies, programmes and reforms.

If President Barrow has to do something to avert these perturbing recurrences in his cabinet, it must be now or never. This is not the time for promises, neither is it the time for rhetoric, but the time for action, the time to fix the challenges in our country.

The Coalition government, under the leadership of President Barrow, must work assiduously to ensure that these frequent outbreaks and, as well as the looming farming season and annual flooding are dealt with to the benefit of the country and citizenry. President barrow must ensure that the right interventions are put in place, existing rules and regulations are followed and enforced, and negligent leaders are made accountable to their actions and inactions.

Those who have been assigned responsibilities must justify the trust reposed in them; they must prove that they are up to their assigned mandate and removed when they fail. Is it not time for us to start holding our leaders accountable to their offices? Is it not time for us to hold our President, Ministers, National assembly members, Municipal/District Chief Executives and other duty-bearers accountable to their offices? Once President Barrow starts relieving duty-bearers of their responsibilities for want of action or negligence, his government shall be making progress.

This is one of the surest ways of ensuring that these precarious matters are handled in such a way that our human and material losses are reduced to the barest minimum, if not eradicated.

Land Dispute Tears Sotokoi Apart

Residents of Suma Kunda in Sotokoi, West Coast Region who are involved in a land dispute with near-by Medina Sotokoi over the weekend laid a vigil in the affected area at the village to resist an eviction order. “We were forcefully evicted in 2015 without notice during Jammeh’s time but today we will not accept to be evicted from our land,” said Lamin Jammeh, a resident of Suma Kunda. The dispute between Suma Kunda and Medina Sotokoi has been dragging since 2005 and in 2015, a High Court judge, Awa Bah ruled in favor of the people of Medina Sotokoi and ordered the eviction of people who built homes on the disputed land.

But according to the residents of Suma Kunda, that ruling was influenced by the authorities because the Tamba Kunda family had promised to allocate the land to former President Jammeh. Speaking to The Standard at Suma Kunda yesterday, another resident Musa Kujabi argued that it is not logical for Medina Sotokoi to claim ownership of the land because even the person who hosted them, one Foday Camara, was himself a guest of Suma Kunda, a village which was in existence well before the beginning of slave trade. He said when Suma Kunda was founded by one BuramaKujabi, the only existing villages in the area were Faraba Banta and Faraba Sutu. He said it was only in the 1950s that FodayCamara, also called Bappa, migrated from Guinea Conakry and was allocated the very land in question who later named it Taneneh-Sotokoi. He said part of this settlement was allocated to the TambaKunda family by former Chief Faa Toura Sanyang. “Foday Camara in turn hosted Sarja Tamba whose son is now the leader of those claiming ownership of our land.” He said when one Massy Tamba took them to court, again the High Court ruled in favor of Medina Sotokoi because at the time they were using former President Jammeh’s name to influence the decision of the court. “After that court ruling they forcefully destroyed our farms during the rainy season and planted a rice field for Jammeh,” he added. Mamudu Touray, one of the persons affected by the eviction order and has been residing in the village for over ten years, vowed not to quit, adding that he would rather die than vacate his compound. “We want to call on the government to immediately act on the matter to avoid another Faraba Banta or Gunjur and Berending,” he warned.

Another resident Gibriel Badgie, a differently able, who was also served with an eviction notice, said he has been living in the village for the past 20 years and he too will not move an inch. “If the government cannot protect us and our proprieties, we will protect ourselves and we are ready to do anything to stay in our compounds,” he said. Meanwhile, when contacted for his reaction, Massy Tamba, the man spear heading the claim on behalf of Medina Sotokoi, denied that his village has ever been under the jurisdiction of Taneneh or Suma Kunda. He said the area was allocated to his father by the late Chief of the area Faa Touray Sanyang and that when his father arrived; no one was in the area. “It is not entirely our interest to evict anyone, all we want is for the people of Suma Kunda to acknowledge that the land in dispute belongs to us,” he said.

An Open Letter To President Adama Barrow

Dear President Barrow,  I write to you as a citizen of the great country The Gambia, I pray that you get my message in good health, open mind and most importantly with wisdom to have an in depth one to one reflection with yourself of what Gambians had to sacrifice which brought in December 2nd.

I write to your honorable person as a fellow citizen who not only campaigned but voted for you base on the notion that you were the one I believe would usher in the real change we hope for. When I entered that polling booth on Election Day nothing came to my mind but the future of The Gambia and her people. I hope you get my message with an open mind of the current realities of the state of mind of our country.

After all said and done, I must confess that I and so many of my fellow citizens are totally disappointed and led down by you and your administration. Your government had made so many wrong political judgements which shouldn’t have happened, but yet we still let go and thought it was nothing personal but just an oversight.

But one thing we will NEVER forgive you and your administration for, is if you ever fail to acknowledge and stand up to tribal politics, you may decide to act as or made to believe that the country is normal but am putting it to you that everything is so wrong with your administration and for you to kept quite over such tribal politics makes me think if you are still the candidate Barrow or not.

Yes we know Ousainou Darboe is someone you hold as a father figure which I and so many Gambians have no problem with, but one thing we will NEVER allow is allowing him or any other person to be calling the shots instead of you the democratically elected President of The Republic. I know you are an executive member of the UDP, but I will remind you in case you forgot that we voted for Adama Barrow the coalition candidate and not a UDP candidate.

Why are you yet to address the nation despite seeing/knowing all the negative tribal politics happening in our once so united Gambia? Is it because you said Ousainou is like a father to you and he’s been accused of orchestrating the division within the coalition and putting the interest of party/self over two million Gambians? Who risked everything just to bring about the change which he is also benefiting from today.

I hope you listen to the ordinary farmer in Mbanta and not those bunch of power hungry politicians who care nothing but themselves. I would conclude by letting you know that so many that voted for you are angry, disappointed and felt betrayed.

God bless The Gambia!

Symptoms and Diagnosis of Cancer

Cancer can produce many different symptoms, some subtle and some not at all subtle.  Some symptoms develop early in the course of cancer and are therefore important warning signs that should be evaluated by a doctor. Other symptoms develop only after the cancer progress and are therefore not helpful in the early detection of cancer. Still other symptoms, such as nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, and vomiting, may be the result of the cancer or its treatment, may be warning signs, or may event result from conditions other than cancer. Some symptoms occur with many or almost all cancers, and others are specific to the type of cancer and where it is growing.

Screening programs allow early detection and diagnosis of cancer. The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the more effective treatment is likely to be.

Symptoms of Cancer

At first, cancer, as a tiny mass of cells, produces no symptoms whatsoever. As a cancer grows, its physical presence can affect nearly tissues. Also, some cancers secrete certain substances or trigger immune reactions that cause symptoms in other parts of the body that are not near to the cancer (paraneoplastic syndromes).

Cancer affects nearly tissues by growing into or pushing on them, this irritating or compressing them. Irritation typically causes pain. Compression may keep tissues from performing their normal functions. For example, a bladder cancer or a cancerous lymph mode in the abdomen may compress the tube (ureter) connecting a kidney with the bladder, blocking the flow of urine. A lung cancer may block Airflow through one segment of a lung, causing partial lung collapse and predisposing to infection. Cancer anywhere may compress a blood vessel, shutting off blood flow or causing bleeding.

When cancer grows in an area with a lot of space, such as in the wall of the large intestine, it may not cause any symptoms until it becomes quite larger. In contrast, a cancer growing in a more restricted space, such as on a vocal cord, may cause symptoms (such as hoarseness) when it is relatively small. If a cancer spreads (metastasizes) to other parts of the body, the same local effects of irritation and compression eventually occur, but in the new location, so the symptoms may be quite different. Cancers that involve the membrane covering the lungs (pleura) or the baglike structure that surrounds the heart (pericardium) often ooze fluid, which collects around those organs; large fluid collections can interfere with breathing or the pumping of the heart.

Pain

Cancers are typically painless at first. As they grow, the first symptom is often a mild discomfort, which may steadily worsen into increasingly severe pain as the cancer enlarges.  The pain may result from the cancer compressing or eroding into nerves or other structures. However, not all cancers cause severe pain. Similarly, lack of pain does not guarantee that a cancer is now growing or spreading.

Bleeding

At first, a cancer may bleed slightly because its calls are not well attached to each other and its blood vessels are fragile. Later, as the cancer enlarges and invades surrounding tissues, it may grow into a nearby blood vessel, causing bleeding. The bleeding may be slight and undetectable or detectable only with testing. Such is often the case in early stage colon cancer. Or, particularly with advanced cancer, the bleeding may be more significant, even massive and life threatening.

The site of the cancer determines the site of the bleeding. Cancer anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract can cause bleeding in the stool. Cancer anywhere along the urinary tract can cause bleeding in the urine. Other cancers can bleed into internal areas of the body. Bleeding into the lungs can cause the person to cough up blood.

Weight Loss and Fatigue

Commonly, a person with cancer experience weight loss and fatigue, which can worsen as the cancer progresses. Some people notice weight loss despite a good appetite. Others lost their appetite and may even become nauseated by food or have difficulty swallowing. They may become very thin; the loss of underlying fat is particularly noticeable in the face. People with advance d cancer are often very tired and sleep many hours a day. If anemia develops, these people may find that they feel tired or become short of breath with even slight activity.

Swollen lymph Nodes

As a cancer begins to spread around the body, it may first spread to nearby lymph nodes, which become swollen. The swollen lymph nodes may be painless or tender, and they may feel hard or rubbery. They may be freely moveable, or if the cancer is more advanced, they may be stuck to the skin above, to the deeper layers of tissue below, or to each other.

Depression

Cancer often results in depression. Depression can be related to the symptoms of the illness, a fear of dying, or a loss of independence. Additionally, some cancers may produce substances that directly cause depression by affecting the brain.

Neurologic and Muscular Symptoms

Cancer can grow into or compress nerves, causing any of several neurologic and muscular symptoms, including a change in sensation (such as tingling sensations) or muscle weakness. When a cancer grows in the brain, symptoms may be hard to pinpoint but can include confusion, dizziness, headaches, nausea, changes in vision, and seizures. Neurologic symptoms may also be part of paraneoplastic syndrome.

Respiratory Symptoms

Cancer can compress or block structures, such as the airways in the lungs, causing shortness of breath, cough, or pneumonia. Shortness of breath can also occur when the cancer causes a large pleural effusion, bleeding into the lungs, or anemia.

Diagnosis of Cancer

Cancer is suspected based on a person’s symptoms, the results of a physical examination, and sometimes the results of screening tests. Occasionally, x0rays obtained for other reasons, such as an injury, show abnormalities that might be cancer. Confirmation that cancer is present requires that tests (termed diagnostic tests). After cancer is diagnosed, it is staged. Staging is a way of describing how advanced the cancer has become, including such criteria as how big it is and whether it has spread to neighboring tissues or more distantly to lymph nodes or other organs.

Screening For Cancer

Screening tests serve to detect the possibility that a cancer is present before symptoms occur. Screening tests usually are not definitive; results are confirmed or disproved with further examinations and tests. Diagnostic tests are performed once a doctor suspects that a person has cancer.

Although screening tests can help save lives, they can be costly and sometimes have psychologic or physical repercussions. Screening  tests can produce false positive results – results that suggests a cancer is present when it actually is not. False-positive results can create undue psychologic stress and can lead to other tests that are expensive and risky. Screening tests can also produce false-negative results – results that show no hint of a cancer that is actually present. False-negative results lull people into a false sense of security. For those reasons, there are only a small number of screening tests that are considered reliable enough for doctors to use routinely.

Doctors determine whether a particularly person is at special risk for cancer because of age, sex, family history, previous history, or lifestyle before they choose to perform screening tests. The American Cancer Society has provide cancer screening guidelines that are widely used. Other groups have also developed screening guidelines. Sometimes recommendations vary among different groups, depending on how the groups’ experts weight the relative strength and importance of available scientific evidence .

In women, two of the most widely used screening tests are the papanicolaou (Pap) test to detect cervical cancer and mammography to detect breast cancer. Both screening tests have been successful in reducing the death rates from these cancers in certain age groups.

In men, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in the blood may be used to screen for prostate cancer. PSA levels are high in men with prostate cancer, tut levels also are elevated in men with noncancerous (benign) enlargement of the prostate. As such, the main drawback to its use as a screening test is the large number of false-positive results, which generally lead to more      invasive tests. Whether the PSA test should be used routinely to screen for prostate cancer is unresolved, with varying recommendations from different groups. Men over 50 should discuss the PSA test with their doctor

Gambian Awarded 2018 Africa Advocate Of The Year Award

One Muhammad Lamin Saidykhan, Human Rights activist who also spearheaded the widespread protests to have longtime Gambian dictator Yaya Jammeh step down has been awarded as the 2018 Africa Advocate of the Year by the Africa Youth Awards (AYA).

He was also nominated for the African Youth of the Year (Male) but lost to Ato Ulzen- Appiah, Director, Ghana Think Foundation and Mr.Saidykhan is one of the Co-Movement Coordinators of Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity.

Speaking to reporters recently about his award, Saidykhan described the award as critical and important for him as a young person, stating that he dedicated it to young people of the Gambia.

“The award will serve as a motivation and encouragement for me and with my dedication I can make Africa a better continent that our children will be proud of and Gambia as a sovereignty state can do big things as well as pave the way in championing human rights and democracy in the country and across the continent,” Saidykhan said.

He called on Gambians despite their political and geographical locations to be proactive as well as put the interest of the country first and do away with dividing elements.

Who is Saidykhan?

He is a Gambian with a background on youth and women development, campaigns for social change, policy advocacy and movement building and prior for him to join Africans Rising; he coordinated an Alliance of 11 member farmer based organisations called National Alliance for Food Security (NAFS).

He served as trainer for First Aid, Disaster Management, and Humanitarian Law in the Red Cross and also served as co-chair of Action Aid International Youth Working Group and was lead coordinator of the Youth-led Activista Initiative, where he was leading and coordinating Action Aid work with young people in 47 countries around the world.

Meanwhile, the Africa Youth Awards is a prestigious award scheme with the primary aim of appreciating the works of young Africans in Africa and the Diaspora.

According to Saidykhan, the African Youth Award was launched in 2014 and the award scheme was inspired by the lack of recognition for young Africans who have selflessly dedicated their lives to making sure the future of Africa is optimistic.

President Barrow Accepts Appeal For The Discontinuance Of Faraba Trial

Reports from State house say that President Adama Barrow has accepted an appeal from the community of Faraba for the discontinuance of the prosecution of the officers of the Police Intervention Unit as well as the civilians standing trial for their role(s) in the unfortunate Faraba Banta incident in June 2018.

The Community, through the Alkalo of the village, Mr. Omar Kujabi, wrote a letter to the President, accompanied by a sworn affidavit requesting, among other things, for the withdrawal of criminal charges in the matter ‘‘to promote true reconciliation’’, peace, and stability in the village.

Additionally, the community stated that they were satisfied and appreciative of the responsible leadership demonstrated and acts of compassion that His Excellency, President Adama Barrow and his government had undertaken after the incident, such as the visit by the President to the community in the immediate aftermath of the incident, the setting up of a commission of inquiry and appointment of a coroner as well as his decision to act on the recommendations of the investigative commission, among other gestures.

Based on the foregoing, the president has accordingly accepted to respect and grant the wishes of the community, particularly families of the victims, to immediately withdraw all the charges against the PIU officers and civilian perpetrators concerned.

By the same token, His Excellency, the President has also accepted to lift the suspension meted out on the Director of Geology Department and the Executive Director of National Environment Agency.

It could be recalled that villagers in Faraba Banta protested against illicit and environmentally hazardous sand mining in their village that had affected their agricultural lands resulting in serious consequences on their livelihoods. The intervention of the police intervention force led to the killing of three people who were shot by the PIU. A commission of inquiry set up by the Government subsequently found that the Police acted with disproportionate force, and recommended that those responsible for the killings should be brought to justice.

One may wonder why the President and by what legal powers he commanded to order for the discontinuation of those prosecutions. We also learnt that a Government White Paper was also issue for the justice to prevail and bring into book those responsible. The President has never acted on the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry and with this latest development of ordering the discontinuation of the prosecutions, critics believe the President has acted not only in direct contradiction of the findings of the Commission of Inquiry, but also the White Paper, which essentially reflected his own Government’s policy positions on the recommendations of the Commission.

Section 85 of the 1997 Constitution of the Gambia, the power to commence and/or discontinue criminal prosecutions is vested exclusively in the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), acting under the direction of the Attorney-General, the principal legal adviser of the Government. The President has no role, direct or indirect, in the commencement or discontinuation of criminal prosecutions! Those decisions are professional, technical decisions that, for good reason, are reserved for those who are legally qualified and competent to make legal determinations on the basis of the law and evidence in individual cases, as well as the purpose and objectives of the Constitution and other laws of the land. They are not and should not be political decisions.

The power conferred on the DPP must be NOT be confused with the President’s power to exercise the prerogative of mercy under Section 82 of the Constitution. That Presidential power only comes into play AFTER judicial proceedings have closed and a conviction entered by a court of competent jurisdiction. In those cases, the President acting on the advice of Committee of the Prerogative of Mercy may decide to commute a sentence imposed by a court of law, or pardon convicted felons. However, Section 82 does not grant the President any power to interfere with pending criminal cases. President Barrow’s decision to do so in this case, contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution, is unlawful and lacks legal effect. It cannot be justified on the basis of an appeal by the local community!! Meanwhile the Office of the Attorney General maintains that The request made by the villagers of faraba is still under consideration by the Attorney General, and the Office of the President was only consulted for its views on the request in light of the fact that the Faraba Banta incident on 18 June 2018 was of such national tragedy and importance that it warranted the establishment by His Excellency, the President, of a Commission of Inquiry under Section 200 of the 1997 Constitution. It went further to affirm that the Office of the President did not, and has never attempted to, interfere with the exercise of this discretion, and therefore considers the recent press release from the Office of the President as an unfortunate choice of words.

President Adama Barrow Presides Over The First Cabinet Session In 2019

His Excellency, President Adama Barrow on Thursday 10th January, 2019, presided over the 18th Cabinet session of his government – the first in 2019 – at the State House in Banjul.

Cabinet deliberated on rehabilitation and construction works of the road network and sewage of the City of Banjul, ICT for development, among other important issues. Cabinet deliberated on a paper presented by the Hon Minister of Transport, and Works for the Rehabilitation and Rebuilding of infrastructure in Banjul.

The paper addressed a number of issues touching on managerial, financial, and technical requirements needed to enhance the rehabilitation and the rebuilding process. The entire road network of Banjul is approximately 37 kilometers. Cabinet was informed that all of the roads in the capital are in dare need of repair. The planned rehabilitation of the Banjul roads is expected to have a solid base, preferably reinforced concrete to withstand the soft and wet subgrade and the heavy loads of traffic by container carrying trucks. Cabinet was informed that the work will also include the reconstruction of the entire drainage network; as well as reconstruction of the ring canal connected to the drains; among others.

It is expected that the implementation of the program to rehabilitate and rebuild the infrastructure of Banjul shall be done in tandem with the development of the Port of Banjul. Construction works are to start in the early part of 2019. A Cabinet Paper on financing of sports development was also introduced by the Hon Minister of Youth and Sports. The Paper sought the approval of Cabinet to propose a levy on specific items to finance the development of sports in The Gambia. The final Paper introduced before Cabinet was by the Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure.

The Paper sought Cabinet’s endorsement of a policy paper on ICT for Development. The policy paper will serve as a guide for the Road Map for the ICT sector for the period 2018 – 2028. The vision of the ICT for Development Policy is to improve the quality of life and enrich the social, economic, and cultural wellbeing of The Gambian people through the development, deployment and exploitation of ICT within the economy and society to accelerate the nation’s development in the emerging information and knowledge driven technological age. An important goal of the ICT for Development Policy is to utilize ICTs to address the development challenges of The Gambia.

Cabinet also reviewed a petition by GRTS demanding that it be allowed access to TRRC hearings to use its own equipment to record and transmit the proceedings of the commission. Cabinet has tasked the Ministers of Justice and Information to further engage both the GRTS and the TRRC to quickly resolve this impasse. Cabinet further resolved that from now on, GRTS should be the first point of call for all state institutions and or subverted institutions in need of live streaming and broadcast except where the state broadcaster does not have the necessary technical capacity to undertake such activities.

Can The President Interfere In Pending Criminal Cases?

Under Section 85 of the 1997 Constitution of the Gambia, the power to commence and/or discontinue criminal prosecutions is vested exclusively in the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), acting under the direction of the Attorney-General, the principal legal adviser of the Government.

That suffices it to say that the President cannot order for the discontinuation of the Faraba Banta incident in which the PIU shot and killed three people.

The President has no role, direct or indirect, in the commencement or discontinuation of criminal prosecutions! Those decisions are professional, technical decisions that, for good reason, are reserved for those who are legally qualified and competent to make legal determinations on the basis of the law and evidence in individual cases, as well as the purpose and objectives of the Constitution and other laws of the land. They are not and should not be political decisions.

Therefor the January 8 Press Statement from State House and the President’s purported discontinuation of the criminal prosecution against those accused of murder in the Faraba Banta incident, constitutes a legal nullity.

What then was the purpose of the Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate the incident? Why use government fund to pay for such a commission and the delay in taking action as recommended in the report of the commission? It is mind boggling that we have confusion between “Prerogative of mercy” and “interference in what should be a criminal process.” Where was the AG’s Chamber, the legal adviser to government in all of this?

The request by the villagers of Faraba is still under consideration by the Attorney General, and the Office of the President was only consulted for its views on the request in light of the fact that the Faraba Banta incident on 18 June 2018 was of such national tragedy and importance that it warranted the establishment by His Excellency, the President, of a Commission of Inquiry under Section 200 of the 1997 Constitution.

The AG’s chamber notes that the office of the President did not, and has never attempted to, interfere with the exercise of this discretion, and therefore considers the recent press release from the Office of the President as an “unfortunate choice of words”.

In our new found democracy the adherence to the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary must take center stage.

President Barrow Received Gambian Christian Council

His Excellency, President Adama Barrow last week received in audience members of The Gambia Christian Council who expressed delight at the efforts being made by the government to safeguard the dignity and protect the fundamental democratic rights of the Gambian people.

‘‘We do appreciate the attempts being made by your government to facilitate the dignity of all within our borders and empowering our beloved people to decide on matters that affect them’’, said the Chairman of the Gambia Christian Council, Most Rev. James Allen Yaw Odico, who led the delegation to the State House in Banjul.

The council called on the Head of State, on behalf of the entire Christian community, to extend seasonal greetings as well as offer prayers for him and the country at large on the occasions of the Holy Christmas and the advent of the New Year.

While assuring the President that they would continue to stand by his government in strengthening coexistence, religious freedom, and human rights, the Chair said the council was aware and would like to truly appreciate the efforts of the government to cater for the needs of the Christians community.

In his welcoming remarks, President Barrow acknowledged the various contributions of the Christian community in the development of the country, stressing that his government is committed to promoting religious tolerance and secularism in the country. He called for the preservation of the admirable mutual respect, trust and unity among different religious groups.

The President commended the council for its stance during the political impasse in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential elections. He described the visit of the council as a vote of confidence in his government while stating that religious leaders have a paramount role to play in upholding peace and unity in the country.

Star GSM Communication & Others Donate to EFSTH

Star GSM Communication in collaboration with The Gambia Protective Association and Global Electrical recently donated food items to Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH).

The items included 10 bags of rice, 5 bags of Onions, and 5 gallons of oil.

The presentation ceremony was done at Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital grounds in Banjul.

In presenting the items, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Star GSM Communication Limited, Lamin Kaba said the gesture came as result of his company and partners resolve to complement the Government’s efforts in the areas of Health.