By Omar Bah
Salifu Jaiteh, leading exporter of second-hand clothing and managing director of SK Jaiteh & Sons, yesterday presented 50 bales of second-hand clothes to five constituencies in Banjul and Kanifing.
The items are worth over D275, 000 and the gesture is part of a long-standing tradition by the philanthropist who for a long time now donates in humanitarian and emergency supplies to disaster victims.
The beneficiaries of yesterday’s donations include; Banjul North, Bakoteh, Bundung Borehole, Bundung Bantaba and Tallinding wards.
As far back as the early 90s, SK Jaiteh & Sons were among the first Gambian private sector operators to come to the aid of the arriving Sierra Leonean refugees who were provided with clothes and bedding on their first night off the boat.
Speaking shortly before handing over of the materials, Mr Jaiteh humbly said the donation is part of his company’s civic responsibility.
“This is just a humanitarian gesture to our brothers and sisters,” he said.
Mr Jaiteh urged fellow business owners who have the means to urgently come out and render support to the flood victims, especially those who are desperately in need.
The National Assembly member for Banjul North, Lamin Bah and the Bakoteh ward councillor Lamin K Jammeh, praised Mr Jaiteh and company for caring for the less privileged among the society.
Hon. Bah said his constituency has been seriously affected by the floods with over 200 displaced people currently housed at St Joseph School from 40 households.
“So, this support will help a lot because the majority of them do not have clothes to wear,” he said.