nominated Councilors and one council clerk have been sworn-in as members of the
Brikama Area Council (BAC) to represent youth, women, business community, women
gardeners, farmers associations, disables, chiefs, cattle rearers and Council
The nominated Councilors are Cherno Jawla representing youth; Binta Mass representing women, Banssay Barry representing Cattle rearers association; Isatou Tuku Nyassi representing women gardeners; Omar Darboe representing farmers association; Sarjo Sanneh representing market vendors, Edward Preirra representing the disable, Lamin S. Darboe representing the chiefs; Kaddy Fofana representing the Business community and Sheriffo Singhateh as council clerk.
The swearing-in was presided over by Alagie Jeng, the council’s director of finance at the West coast Region Governor’s Office, yesterday.
Mr. Jeng took the nominees through the prescribe oath of office, witnessed by the regional governor, National assembly members for Brikama North and South, and elected Ward Councilors.
Addressing the nominated Councilors, BAC chairman Sheriffo Sonko said the event marked the completion of the Council’s formation of its membership. He said as one of the most vibrant council in the country, they have a vision to achieve and aligning their service in the context of their vision, while stressing that they are obliged to prepare and coordinate themselves in the best manner in the drive to attain their desired goals.
He reminded the nominated councilors that collectively they can move the council fast forward and create a conducive environment for the people of the region.
Governor Bakary K. Sanyang urged the nominated councilors not to represent their individual interests but that of the people of the region. “You are not here to represent your individual interests or a party but people of all interest groups.”
He reminded them that their role is to bring in issues that affect peoples’ lives they are representing to the notice of the Council to device ways to tackle them.
Governor Sanyang said the region continues to grow on a daily basis which is putting pressure on the council to provide services that goes with the booming settlements and population, while stressing that the region has the potential resource-base to generate revenue well beyond what they are made to accept in the past.
He said told the nominated councilors that working together as one people with a common objective and focus is in line with the broader objective of the National Development Plan that was designed to achieve the vision of the new Gambia.
Edward Preirra, nominated councilor representing the Disables assured that they will do everything humanly possible in their capacity to support the council to achieve its short, medium and long term plans that they set for themselves to develop the council with all ability.
He called on the nominated councilors and Gambians to put aside their political differences and look forward to developing the country.