By Sarjo M. Camara
The vice president Dr Isatou Touray yesterday presented D2 million to the disaster victims of last week’s windstorm in North Bank Region as a personal donation of President Adama Barrow. The donation was received by the Governor of North Bank Region, Lamin Saidykhan.
Speaking at the handing-over ceremony, VP Touray said President Barrow was greatly sad about the extent of the damage caused by the windstorm and decided to take the initiative to donate in his individual rights towards this unfortunate situation.
Dr Touray extended condolences to the families of the victims who died as a result of the storm, which she said is natural disaster.
Vice President Touray said whilst the president was away in NBR, she was delegated by the president to extend his condolences to the disaster victims in Daru Busumbala, who lost their eight-year-old son and donated D40.000 to the family.
She called on philanthropists, entrepreneurs, individuals and the private sector to emulate President Barrow’s initiative to donate generously to the victims.
Receiving the donation, the Governor of North Bank Region, Lamin Saidykhan stated that now he has a peace of mind since he was traumatized by what he saw across the region. He said the 2 million dalasi donated by the president is appreciated and a welcome gesture from the primary duty bearer. He said even though all victims cannot be comforted at the same time, the donation will go a long way in assisting them. He also stated that some people are homeless right now while others are faced with different situations including loss of love ones.
He also appreciated the good leadership the president took to reach out to the population confirming his commitment to the population.