BY FATOU DAHABA
As the fight against Covid-19 continues Smart Business Group Company in the Gambia are the latest to donate Mile 2 Central Prison in Banjul yesterday 21st July, 2020.
The donated items includes 5 thermometer machines for testing body temperatures, 15 washing bucket of constant washing hands for any entry of the institution, 60 bottles of bleach or liquid soap, 100 sachets of omo 4.5 grams, 60 packets of laundry soap and 1,800 face mask.
Saikou Kawsu Gassama Director of Administration Gambia prison service thanked the donors for the laudable gesture which he said is timely when the country is tithing for emergency regulation and WHO health guidelines.
He said the items will go a long way in complementing their covid-19 operational plan with the objective of maintaining zero infection in the Gambia prison environment.
Gassama said government cannot do it alone and for citizen to come up with such initiative is really commendable. In this vein he called on philanthropist and private sector to emulate such things and support prisons.
He disclosed that there is transformation in the prison service and to effect that they need support from outside.
Omar Njie the proprietor of Smart Business Group Company on behaves of his company said he is proud to donate the items to prisoners who are very vulnerable.
Since the announcement by the office of the vice president in consultation with covid-19 committee in Gambia that mask wearing will be mandatory effective from Friday as concern citizen they deem it necessary to play their part in the fight against the spread of Covid-19.
He urged businessmen and women to come on board and the help the Gambia prison service in these trying times. He said prisons should not be looked as a place for criminals but rather as a correction center that will reform people from prison.
PRO of the Gambia prison service Superintendent Momodou Lamin Ceesay said the institution has many challenges noting that the public hearings of the TRRC about prison service are a clear manifestation of how the institution was mismanaged.
He added that due to the mismanaged they need support from individuals, NGOs and government as well. Superintendent Ceesay said people in custody are our own people who have life after prison.