By: Kebba AF Touray
The Association of Wood Re-exporters and Forest Users in the Gambia have distributed food worth half a million dalasi to its members across the country during the weekend.
The Association distributed one hundred and sixty 50kg bags of rice and one hundred and fifty (50kg) bags of sugar to its members, as support to their families during this holy month of Ramadan and for the fight against COVID-19.
The Association’s Chairperson Alagie Barrow congratulated the Government for creating the enabling environment for the smooth operation of the private sector. Barrow said the donation of the food items will go a long way in complementing Government’s effort during the restriction period and will assist their members stay at home as prescribed by the Health Ministry and the WHO, during the fight to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“We all know 2020 is a very difficult year globally. The global pandemic has affected every sector of the economy including trade on which members of the association depend on for their livelihood. Therefore, this donation will go a long way in assisting them implement the ‘stay at home measure’ as prevention for them and their families from Covid-19,’’ he said; that the objective of the association was not only to make profit but to contribute its quota towards national development, as well as support the achievements of the Government in the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) and to enhance the welfare of their members. He added their association donated D50, 000.00 to the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and the Industry’s Teleton to fight against Covid-19 and D150, 000 to the victims of the recent Basse Market fire outbreak.
While thanking his staffer for their team work and unity, Chairperson Barrow assured that his association will continue to support the needy during difficult times and will assist Government to successfully implement their development agenda.