The Gambia High Commission in London on Friday awarded and praised the Gambian Community leaders for bringing the Mission closer to the Community in the city.
Hon. Suntou Touray, currently overseeing The Gambia High Commission in London, praised Gambian community leaders for their steadfastness and dedication to the service of others.
“The certificate of recognition is a gesture to appreciate and honour the tremendous sacrifices of the Awardees in resolving and mediating in difficult issues affecting Gambians in the United Kingdom. Children are regularly being taken into Social Service care, families separated, the Leading of religious gatherings, consoling bereaved families, gracing naming ceremonies, providing marriage counselling, and other important social needs are all attended to by various community volunteers,” he said.
Hon. Touray concluded by conveying the best wishes of His Excellency the President of The Gambia, Mr Adama Barrow appreciating the contributions of The Gambia diaspora.
Meanwhile, the Gambia High Commission in London on Thursday awarded a Certificate of Recognition to Mr Ebra Taal and Assan Saine for representing the Gambia at the biggest charity bike ride in the U.K covering over 150 miles, comprising 250,000 participants last week.
Mr Taal and Mr Saine proudly flew the Gambian flag displaying the undying spirit of Gambianism.
A Senior diplomat at the High Commission in London Mr Suntou Touray in presenting the award to Mr Taal reiterated: “As a small country, Gambians in diaspora proudly stand tall in giving back to the nation and dedicating their time, energy and spirit to promoting everything good about the country.”
He further stated: “The President of the Gambia, His Excellency, Mr Adama Barrow recognises the Diaspora as the Eight Region of the Gambia, and that there are government initiatives to harness the resourcefulness of the diaspora, by engaging them meaningfully in national development thus promoting socio-economic stability and security.”
Mr Touray continued that the High Commission will be presenting several Certificates of Recognitions to Gambian Associations, Community and Faith Leaders and Outstanding Gambians in the United Kingdom and to countries in Europe under the Mission’s jurisdictions.
The above he said is to demonstrate to Gambians in Diaspora that their contributions to nation building will not go unnoticed.
Touray said the Gambian Diaspora contributes 45% towards the nation’s GDP, as current figures stand.
“Gambian Associations and Faith groups play a pivotal role in providing community services in times of joy and even in moments of sorrow. Therefore, to encourage such endeavours, The Gambia Commission will further strengthen its relationships with Gambian communities in the U.K and Europe,” the diplomat said.
He finally encouraged the government of His Excellency, President Barrow to continue creating a conducive environment for diasporans to invest in the country and to repeal any law in the Constitution or statute books that discriminates Gambians in diaspora in all forms, since the first love of every Gambian is home.