By Mafugi Ceesay
The Association of the West Coast Region Alkalolu yesterday visited Kanilai and donated 80 bags of cement towards the completion of the village’s only usable mosque.
With former president Jammeh’s grand mosque project halted after his departure, Kanilai resorts to the smaller mosque built entirely with corrugate which is in a bad state.
According to the Village Development Committee chairman, Ousman David Kujabi, the state of the small mosque is too bad and not conducive to observe the prayers especially in the rainy season. He thanked the West Coast Region alkalolu for the support, saying the 80 bags will be used to concretize the affected area to block water from entering.
The Kanilai alkalo, Ebou Jammeh, lamented that the state of the mosque was so bad that during the rainy season they lost most of their praying mats to water incursion.
“We cannot thank you enough for this donation with which we will even start work next Saturday,” he told the visitors.
Musa Suso, the deputy Governor of West Coast Region who is instrumental in the formation of the Association, said since no one can work on the bigger mosque started by Jammeh, it was sensible that they concentrate their help on the small one to make it usable until they are able to gather more assistance.
“Kanilai is part of the history of this country and one whose native became leader of this country and so no one should forget about the village,” Suso said.
The Association also donated 60 bags of cement to the Batabutu Kantora village to complete a market project. The foundation stone for this was laid sometime back by the deputy Governor, Musa Suso during which the villagers asked for help. “So, this is the reason we are here to deliver on our promise,” Suso told the villagers.