By Ousainou J Sawaneh (Prince Ojee)
In response to the deadly novel coronavirus pandemic and of course complementing the efforts of the Gambia government in the fight against COVID-19 in the country in a form of food aid relief, the latest to respond is the United Domocratic Party Leader and Secretary General Honorable Ousainou Darboe, with the initiative of the Food Bank called “BUNTUNG”
The United Democratic Party National COVID-19 response Committee recently donated essential food items to the Banjul City Council.
The donated items are 300 bags of 30kg rice, 100 bags of 50kg rice and 30 bags of 50kg sugar.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony the UDP Leader reiterated the fact behind the establishment of the Food Bank initiative called “BUNTUNG” in the Mandinka Language “4 months ago when the pandemic enters the Gambia, People were left wondering on how they will really corp with the negative impacts of the pandemic. State of Public Emergency were declared, which leads to the restrictions of movements, with the consequences of affecting the earning capacity of individuals” he said.
He added that “I feel it necessary that I should also contribute in the fight against the virus and on Easter Sunday I launched the COVID-19 (BUNTUNG)” he said.
The UDP number one further appeals to Gambians and friends of the Gambia to donate to the initiative adding that the respond was very positive, “Gambians both home and abroad have contributed generously to towards this efforts, and we have distributed in the past 2 days to Brikama Area Council, Kanifing Municipal Council and on Monday we will go to other regions” he said.
Darboe took the opportunity to thank all those who contributed to the success of the “BUNTUNG”
Receiving the food items the CEO of Banjul has expressed appreciation to honorable Darboe and team for their participation in the fight against COVID-19 in a form of food packages reliefs for the vulnerable families in Banjul.
He described the donations as a great addition to Banjul while assuring the donors that the items donated will be distributed as expected, “I am very happy and I believe this donations is timely and it will go a long way in completing the efforts of Banjul City Council and helping the people of Banjul” he said
Her lordship the Mayor of Banjul City Council, Ajaratou Rohey Malick Lowe, also took time to thanked Darboe and describing him as her mentor, “I don’t have much to say, Honorable Darboe, my father, my party leader, my mentor and my dear friend on behalf of my family (the people of Banjul) we sincerely thank you and your committee for empowering us, and this is timely” she said.
She also assured them that the food packages will undoubtedly reach the most vulnerable families in the City, irrespective of Political, social, ethnic and religious affiliation, “together we can suppress the spread of COVID-19 in Banjul-The Gambia”. She said.