By Aminata Ceesay
The Gamtel/Gamcel have recently donated forty 25kg bags of sugar to the Gambia Prisons Services at the head office at Mile 2 in Banjul.
The joint communication giants have already distributed one thousand two hundred and fifty bags of sugar across the country.
Speaking at the presentation, the director of administration, Gambia Prisons Service, Alhagie Lamin Sanneh, expressed gratitude for the gesture describing it as timely and that it will serve its purpose.
He said: “People all over were perceiving prisons as a center meant for only criminals and that once they are there, they are not entitled to many privileges as it should be. But today, as we speak with the new management and team, people’s concepts are now changing for the better. Prison is not only meant for putting people in custody and leave them there; they are trained, reformed and also rehabilitated so that when they are out, they can be good citizens of this country and they can also contribute their quarter towards national development.”
Also speaking, the IPRO of GPS, Momodou lamin Ceesay said: “This is the month of forgiveness, sharing and caring to the needy and the poor and this is exactly what this company demonstrated this afternoon. We hope, now that they have come to our door, there is high expectation that every time they will be with us in partnership as the company is our very own. We recognize and appreciate your efforts.”
Madikay Njie, the IPRO of Gamcel, said: “The gesture is a tradition with Gamtel/Gamcel and is done annually. This year Gamtel/Gamcel is distributing 1,250 bags of sugar to individuals, groups and institution. For the part of the prison, this noble gesture is initiated by my deputy managing director, Alhagie Seedy Jaiteh, who was at one time with the prisoners here. Gamtel/ Gamcel thinks is very important to make sure to lend a hand to prison department to complement Government officials, because this place is not only meant for criminals, even god-fearing people are also here and all deserve to be treated in dignity and respect.”
Mr Ansumana Manneh, director of GPS, expressed similar sentiment, saying government cannot do it alone and needs assistance from other aid organizations.