IFRC Africa Regional Director assures more support to Gambia Red Cross Society

Mamos Media

By Cherno Omar Bobb

Mohammed Omer MukhierInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Regional Director for Africa has expressed pleasure with The Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) delivering results, adding: “I promise you that we will be predictable in providing you more services to make sure you progress, be the number one humanitarian actor in The Gambia, the region and hopefully globally.”

Mr Mukhier who led a high powered delegation from IFRC to The Gambia this week, made these remarks at Ngala lodge last Saturday during a special lunch organised to brief the press on the mission of the Regional Director and the work of the Red Cross.

Mukhier added that for any institution or organisation to grow it has to be ambitious, noting that this is what he had seen in the GRCS.

 “IFRC is quite fascinated by your commitment and ambition,” he stated, adding: “we will provide more technical service to the board of GRCS to improve its transformative plan.”

He further said that they want to see a sustainable organisation in The Gambia and will also provide predictable services to Gambians when it comes to humanitarian needs, technical services, coordination as well as advocacy and humanitarian diplomacy.

According to him, GRCS transformative plan of making its national society the number one humanitarian organisation, a regional and international player is impressive.

“I see people with energy between the volunteers, staff and leadership of The Gambia Red Cross which is true leadership,” he said, adding: “I have seen harmony within good governance, good management, and delivery of services not only to Gambians but also to refugees as well as having efficient branches across the country.”

He therefore thanked staff, volunteers and the leadership of the GRCS for steering the society around and ensuring it stays its own course.

Alasan Senghore, secretary general of the GRCS thanked the board, management, staff, volunteers of GRCS and the media for their commitment.

He stated that any well functioning national society should have a strong board and management, adding that they also have a very collaborative working environment and interaction between governance and management.

SG Senghore thanked the leadership of the GRCS president and board members for steering that, saying all the achievements could not have happened without their oversight role, support and guidance provided.

He also thanked his staff, saying transformation is about changing the institution with the individuals within the institution. Senghore said he is the luckiest manager because he has committed and tolerant staff.

Jato Sillah, GRCS president said they look forward to more collaboration and guidance from IFRC in terms of trying to get the GRCS transformation plan through as well as to bring the national society to a level where they can be independent, cover their cost and possibly be an investor in other areas.

He thanked all their donors, collaborators and partners that have been with them throughout their transformation.

“We are a humanitarian organisation and be rest assured that whatever you give us goes to the last person who needs it at the last corner of The Gambia,” he assured IFRC thanked the Gambia Government for creating the right environment for them to operate.

COB/DAJ/3/12/21

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