In the middle of May, the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board sent nearly 10,000 unused elements of uniforms to Gambian colleagues. Now the uniforms have finally arrived to Gambia and have been handed over to the local authorities.

In total, almost 10,000 items of clothing worth over 17 million Dalasis were dispatched, including safety vests, outerwear jackets, trousers, hats, shirts, fleece jackets, vests, uniform jackets and belts.

On September 10, the donation was handed over to the local authorities at Banjul Airport. “Hopefully they will find a new life as a donation so that the local Gambian cooperation partners can put them to good use. The Gambian authorities are excellent partners for other countries and by donating uniforms we can help improve their response capacity,” said Tarmo Viikmaa, the Leading Law Enforcement Officer of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board.

Uniforms will be used by officials of The Gambia Immigration Department, The Gambia Police Force, The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority, Aviation Security and The Gambia Ministry of Health.

The project is financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from development and humanitarian aid funds. During the same partnership, Estonian police trained in July the local authorities to identify falsified documents and detect people smugglers. ”During the training, document experts of the border crossing point of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, shared Estonia’s experience and practical examples with Gambian partners, and developed the methods and tactics needed for the work of the authorities there,” said Viikmaa.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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