By Baba Sillah
Prominent Gambian businessman, Salifu K Jaiteh on Friday donated 1,200 meters of blankets to prisoners as part of his contribution towards national development.
Receiving the items on behalf of the director general, Landing Jarju, the deputy DG thanked Mr Jaiteh for his foresight while describing him as a “patriotic citizens” who has been contributing a lot for the past years towards the development of the institution.
According to Deputy DG Jarju, the items donated would go a long way in helping the inmates and the department as government alone cannot achieve its development goal.
He advised other businessmen to emulate Mr Jaiteh and also called on government to foster partnership with other businessmen so as to achieve its development goals.
Mr Jarju promised that the items donated would serve the purpose it was donated, noting that the wellbeing of the inmates is always a top priority of the state and the institution as well.
For his part, Mr Jaiteh said he was pleased to donate the items to the department because of the efforts and sacrifice they are rendering to the nation.
Mr Jaiteh who also doubles as the consular general of Cyprus recalled that it was not the first time to donate such items to the department, saying as patriotic citizen, he will continue to play his part to enable the government to actualize its development goals.
“As a patriotic citizen, I consider national development as everyone concern. We all know that government alone cannot achieve its development goals without partnering with others. And that is why I have been and I will continue to play my part to national development as a citizen,” Mr Jaiteh told the senior officers and wardens as he handed over the items.
He said the items will help the inmates during the cold season and pleaded with the authorities to take great care of them.
Mr Jaiteh is the proprietor of Salifu K Jaiteh and Sons enterprise; he is involved in business for decades, a wholesale distributor and importer of used clothing into The Gambia which includes trousers, blouses, shoes, kids’ garments, T-Shirts, denims, shirts and other items.