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Gambians prove capabilities of youthful leadership

30 Sep 2022 at 09:06hrs | Views
Young people are driving development in West Africa and demonstrating capacity to lead and transform entire regions and cities.

Youthful Mayor Talib Ahmed Bensouda of Kanifing Municipality is the youngest mayor in the history of Gambia.

Bensouda is working closely with a fellow Gambian youthful politician Hon. Kemo Bojang a regional legislator in Kanifing and National youth leader of the main opposition UDP.

The two and other partners presided over a handover of 9 ambulances , 3 emergency vehicles and 6 fire tenders.

Speaking at the handover ceremony he said Today I'm delighted to handover on behalf of KMC, EMCCF and ESAC to the emergency services in the KM the following items:

9 fully equipped ambulances
3 emergency vehicles
6 Fire Tenders

In a timely intervention to respond to the needs of the community and to support relevant ministries in their provisions of valuable services to the residents of Kanifing Municipality, The KMC with the leadership of the Ward Development Committee of Tallinding South, led by Councillor Karamo Ceesay, and our partners, Emergency Services Aids Charity ESAC and The Ebou Malang Children Charity Foundation – EMCCF, and together we were able to secure a donation of 9 ambulances, 6 fire trucks and 3 security vehicles.

This generous donation from our partners will help to support and improve the services of the emergency response teams and go a long way in reinforcing their efforts.

The fire trucks will support the work of the fire services. The three security vehicles are necessary to help enforce and improve the safety of residents and to reinforce the efforts of the security apparatus to address the increasing crime rate in the region.

The 9 ambulances will be distributed across different public hospital and community health centres within the Kanifing Municipality, and we are confident that this will further help to save the lives of citizens by placing more resources at their disposal to improve their emergency responsiveness and the accessibility of residents to our health facilities.

I would like to thank CLLR Karamo Ceesay, EMCCF, ESAC and the 30 plus volunteers who journeyed over two weeks to ensure safe delivery of the items.

Commenting on the development African Civil Economic Rights Movement Chairman Ndava Chiwara said, "The developments in West Africa and Gambia in particular are testimony that young people are catalysts to development and progressive movement of nations and regions. I applaud the work being done by the people of West Africa and hope that Southern Africa will catch on and begin to have faith in the young people of this region."

Source - Mandla Ndlovu
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