By Samsideen Ceesay
The 10th cohort of the Young African Leadership Initiative, (YALI) recently embarked on a cleansing exercise at the TANKA-TANKA psychiatric hospital in Wulingkama dubbed ‘clean and hygienic environment.’
Speaking at the cleansing exercise, Abdoulie S Bah, economist and team leader of cohort 10, said the cleansing exercise was part of their training requirements.
According to him, upon completion of their programme, they were tasked to conduct community services in communities in The Gambia.
“Choosing TANKA-TANKA psychiatric hospital is crucial because we felt that those at the psychiatric hospital are part of the community and in as much as we want to keep the environment clean, they also deserve to live in a very, very hygienic environment.”
He added: “We are 11 in number and we participated in different courses namely civic leadership, entrepreneurship and public policy”.
Momodou Bah, a psychiatric nurse at the psychiatric hospital, thanked Cohort 10.
The team also sensitised and donated some cleaning items to the hospital.
YALI was launched by the United States government as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.
It was launched in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.