The President of The Gambia Sheik Professor Dr. Yahya A. J.J Jammeh Nasiru Deen Babili Mansa has in a show of African solidarity given the sum of USD 500.000 (Five hundred thousand US Dollars) to President Ernest Bai Koroma and the people of Sierra Leone as his country ‘s contribution towards the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.
The Sierra Leone Embassy in The Gambia was informed through a diplomatic note of August 26th 2014, that the Central Bank of Gambia has effect the transfer of a generous donation of USD 500.000 to the appropriate authorities in Freetown, to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.
According to the Gambian President, the virus has got to a point where it has now become an emergency world crisis and Africa is suffering the most. He said it is more of an African problem than the West.
“As Africans we must take the lead and put up a show of African support. When your neighbor’s house is on fire, you should help with a bucket of water” As a result President Yayah Jammeh Mansa said his government is making this donation to a sisterly country.
This donation is an evidence of a conclusive high level discussion between Ambassador Soulayman Daramy and President Yahya Jammeh Mansa.
The career Diplomat who has served twice as State Chief of Protocol (SCOP) to President Ernest Bai Koroma, had this to say “This is a demonstration of solidarity to a sisterly country. President Yahya Jammeh Mansa gave us an environment to freely operate in especially during the sensitization of Sierra Leoneans on the Ebola Virus”.
“On behalf of my President, the government and people of Sierra Leone” said Ambassador Daramy, “ I want to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to President Yahya Jammeh Mansa, the government and people of The Gambia”.
Further commenting on the gesture of President Yahya Jammeh Mansa , Deputy Ambassador, Haja Saidata Sesay, labeled the donation as a show of genuine concern for a sister nation. “I am grateful to him as a friend indeed of Sierra Leone. This donation is like giving us hope to live. As Sierra Leoneans we will always remain grateful”
When the Embassy passed on the information of the donation to Sierra Leoneans in The Gambia, they were joyful and expressed their appreciation and offered prayers for both President Koroma and President Yahya Jammeh Mansa. In addition they also offered prayers for the deadly Ebola virus to be eradicated from Sierra Leone and even beyond.
BY:- Ralph Ese’Donnu Sawyerr,
Embassy of Sierra Leone,