By Olimatou Coker
Action Aid International the Gambia on Tuesday 6th of March 2018 handed over 10 motorbikes to their global fund partners, Hands on Chair , at a ceremony held at the their office along the MDI road in Kanifing .
Speaking at the ceremony, the executive director of Action Aid International, Mr Omar Badjie said the global fight against HIV/AIDs cannot be lost, saying otherwise it can have serious impact “on our economy and our social relationship.”
Director Badjie said losing is not an option and that’s why they have decided to raise money out of a very tight budget to provide the motorbikes for service delivery in the fight against the killer disease.
The representative of the director of National Aids Secretarial, Mr Saikuna Sagnia, expressed delight to be part of the event.
Mr Sagnia said the purpose of the motorbikes is to ensure that services are effectively delivered to people in remote areas.
He urged the beneficiaries to use the bikes wisely.
For his part, the representative of West Africa Power Sports who also doubles as the supplier, David Beardsley, said maintenance is the paramount to the longevity of the motorbikes and advised riders to always use helmet for their own safety.
“I have been in The Gambia for 14 years now but nobody has ever seen me sit on a motorbike without my helmet. It saved my life a couple of times because I was knocked by a car but I was safe because of the helmet I was wearing,” he said.