By Bampia Bundu and Gibril Gottor
Women of the Kambia District have expressed their determination to stand up tall to demand for their rights to hold public positions through advocacy and community support projects.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with some of the women on Wednesday, June 13 this year, the spokesperson for the women, Mrs. Patricia Umou Dankay Bangura, noted that she had taken the lead to request her women folk to give her the mandate to represent them in Parliament in the coming general elections.
She explained that over the years politicians have not had the habit to visit, see and talk with their people except when they wanted them to vote for them after every five years.
She said although she has spent a lot of time overseas, she has always been very close her people in Kambia District, laughing and crying with them.
She revealed that for more than 10 years now she had been engaged in supporting the girl child education in the District through the offer of scholarships, especially to the less privileged. She said she was happy to note that she could boast of more than 500 girls who have graduated from secondary schools in the District within 10 years of her humanitarian support.
Mrs. Patricia Umou Dankay Bangura further disclosed that she has also been supporting Government from her personal savings to improve educational facilities in the Kambia District, by donating building materials to unfinished schools where the pupils have over the years been taking lessons under make-shift and dilapidated community mud structures, citing the Konta Community Primary School as no exception.
“As recently as last month I have donated eight bundles corrugated iron sheets, 10 cartons of assorted text books including dictionaries, four packets of pens among others as my support to a school with about 500 pupils in a small community called Konta in the Bamoi Luma Community,” she further revealed.
She promised she would continue to assist her people wherever she found herself.