Disaster management - The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, has taken over the management of the National Disaster Management Agency, a statement from his office has indicated.
According to the presidency, the transfer was effected on Wednesday.
“The move is to ensure more transparency, efficient coordination and management of disasters and equitable distribution of assistance to affected victims,” the statement added.
In another development, the Gambia is said to have received support from the Japanese Government towards the West African country's disaster management and rapid response programmes.
The support which included equipment like ambulances, bulldozers, rescue boats, seven excavators and trucks, among others, is valued at 2.5 billion Gambian Dalasis (US$1 = D 34.45).