By Ebrima Bah
|SJAG President Sainabou Kujabi Recieving the donated Items|
Months under the leadership of the newly elected president Sainabou Kujabi, the Sports Journalists’ Association of The Gambia (SJAG) has opened its office with donation of office equipment from the Gambian Community and some Norwegians friends in Norway on Friday 31st December 2010 at the Daily News.
The donated items include three computers, a printer, office furniture, documentation files, a set of football jerseys and a football and were received by the SJAG executive barely two days after securing a temporary office space situated at the Media Agenda/ Daily News office.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Alagie Jobarteh, a member of the Gambian Community in Bargen, Norway said he is pleased to assist the sports journalists’ association and the media in the Gambia in general. According to him, Journalists are partners who deserve maximum support and that “we are willing to do our best to help you whenever we can help”. While wishing the SJAG the best in their work, Mr Jobarteh hoped that the donated materials would make a positive change in their functions.
For Samba Njie, another member of the Gambian Community in Norway, their intervention is meant to ease the “long standing” struggle of the sports journalists in securing office materials. “We all know the essence of having a functional office in any organisation”, he said adding “that was why we did not hesitate to combine efforts with Askoy-Town, their Norwegian friends to give a helping hand to the Gambia Sports Journalists.
Madi MK Ceesay, Director of Media Agenda cum Publisher of Daily News Paper, expressed delight in hosting the Gambia Sports Journalists, describing them as friends and colleagues. Mr. Ceesay observed that most of his staff members are members of the SJAG group which shows a strong symbiotic relation among them.
Sainabou Kujabi President of the Sports Journalists’ Association who is the Sports Editor of the Point Newspaper acknowledged that the donors’ intervention on the last day of last year is the first major help in the history of her association. She explained that the cumulative boost for the sports association is timely and well deserved. She noted that the success in the long term struggle of SJAG towards securing an office space would not have surfaced well without office materials.
Sainabou used the opportunity to thank the Gambian Community in Norway for their gesture.