Brikama Area Council (BAC), in partnership with the Municipality of Grand-Yoff, Senegal, recently concluded a week-long intensive training for over 30 women in the West Coast Region on livelihood skills at the Brikama Area Council Chambers.
Mrs. Fatou Sanyang- Sanneh, Deputy Governor of WCR, deputizing for Governor Alhagie Lamin Sanneh, in declaring the training open, lauded the two municipalities for their focus and affiliation.
She said the training would in no doubt advance the knowledge of the women, saying that the government of The Gambia attaches great emphasis on empowering women.
“The training would avail you the opportunity to access first hand information on livelihood skills,” she said.
According to Mrs. Sanyang- Sanneh, the juice processing machines that were bought from Senegal would be handed over to the various districts in the region in order to boost the morale of the women as well as to lower the burden of some family matters.
She called on the participants to be pro-active and maintain a high sense of adulthood and obedience, saying that by the end of the training, the participants are expected to serve as role models in their respective areas.
Sunkary Badjie, Chairman, BAC, said the importance of the training could not be overemphasized. He noted that the training was timely as BAC is a council with a difference, noting that empowering women was a key issue on his office agenda.
Pape Sambe Ndiaye, Link Coordinator, who deputised for the Mayor of Grand-Yoff, Momodou Mbye, told the gathering that the training aimed to improve the livelihood of the women in WCR and The Gambia as a whole.
He urged the participants to share the skills gained from the training with others who did not take part in the training.
“Grand-Yoff and BAC are one family and nothing would stop this partnership,” he added.
Tamba Kinteh, CEO BAC, Madame Jacqueline Danielle Ndiouky, the lead trainer, Women Councilor, BAC, Aja Ndey Jatta, Landing Sanneh, NEDI Coordinator, Edrissa Cham, Manager Saamasang Federation and Binta Fatty of the Women’s Bureau, all echoed similar sentiments.
Modou Jonga, PRO BAC, chaired the ceremony.