By Tabora Bojang
At least 33 communities affected by July’s windstorm disaster in Central Baddibu have received food support and other essential supplies from their National Assembly Member Sulayman Saho.
The July windstorm, described as the worst to hit the country in five years, left ten people dead and displaced thousands mainly from the North Bank Region.
The beneficiaries were provided with 180 bags of 50kg rice and other supplies including solar panels to the affected communities.
According to the UDP lawmaker, the funds were generated from the National Assembly constituency development fund approved in the 2021 budget.
Honourable Saho added that the CDC was earmarked to advance and facilitate specific development needs of the local communities.
The Baddibu lawmaker hailed fellow NAMs and the Office of the Clerk of the National Assembly for allocating taxpayer funds back to the community initiatives.
Saho called on the National Disaster Management Agency to speed up intervention to the affected communities, noting that the National Assembly has already made an allocation for the disaster victims in the recently approved supplementary budget.
He advised his people to remain vigilant and monitor the government’s development trajectory, stressing that they must not allow themselves to be lured by what he calls “divide and rule tactics of the politicians.”
The ceremony held at the Salikenni was attended by alkalolu, party chairmen, councilors and other senior members of the United Democratic Party.
Several speakers took time to thank the lawmaker for the timely intervention and further called on the authorities to intensify support to the larger community of victims affected by the windstorm.
The natives also used the opportunity to vent their frustrations about the way and manner inconveniences involved in purchasing fertiliser in the constituency.