Ousman Bah, Head of Corporate & Public Affairs at Gambia Revenue Authority, has emphasized that GRA’s presence at SOS children’s village in Bakoteh is not for collecting revenue but rather distributing food items to a very important sector of society who are the less privileged.
Speaking on behalf of the Commissioner General, where GRA donated Rice, Oil, and sugar on Thursday, he said his institution invests in children so they grow well and become the future leader for tomorrow and also responsible and become good taxpayers.
“At the level of GRA, we also care for the wider society as part of our corporate social responsibility and we do a lot of donations knowingly and unknowingly. Donation is a way of encouraging others out there to recognize and appreciate that SOS children village is here just like other sectors of societies that need our help, attention, and interventions all the time,” he said.
He urged the institution, and individuals to share with the village especially in this Holy month of Ramadan, noting that the donation may be small but hoping it will help a lot in caring for the children.
For her part, the Alternative care coordinator SOS Madam Haddy Njie- Touray said, “we are very happy and grateful to receive some staff of the GRA to present a very important and laudable food Aid to the SOS children’s village.
She commended the management of GRA under the leadership of the commissioner General for thinking of supporting SOS Children village.
“The gesture has come at the right time and to us, this material is not small. We appreciate and acknowledge the gesture and we call on other sectors and departments, and individuals to emulate the good endeavour of GRA. We need support as caring for this child is a big challenge,” she said.
She added: “We take care of vulnerable children and we have been here for 40 years and are taking care of children that have lost parental care and there are a lot of children that pass through this system who are now adults living in the communities and serving their motherland. Therefore supporting this child’s children is a step in the right direction and long overdue.”