of the Brikama Area Council (BAC) in
partnership with Trust Bank Limited, Wednesday presented a cheque amounting to
D5,378,756.17 (five million, three hundred and seventy-eight thousand, seven
hundred and fifty-six dalasi, seventeen bututs to The Gambia Agency for Public
Works (GAMWORKS) as counterpart contribution to the construction of priority
projects in West Coast Region.
The amount is the Council’s final payment of its counterpart contribution to GAMWORKS Agency. Held at the council ground in Brikama, the presentation was attended by various government officials, Council staff and a cross section of taxpayers.
BAC chief executive officer Mam Sait Jallow expressed gratitude for witnessing another cheque presentation to GAMWORKS agency as their second and final 8.3% counterpart contribution for construction of priority sub-projects under the Rural Infrastructure Development Project (RIP).
According to CEO Jallow, the Council made its first counterpart contribution payment in the sum of D3,500,000.00 (Three million, five hundred thousand dalasi) sometime in April 2014, bringing the total payment to D8,878,756.17,(Eight million, eight hundred and seventy-eight thousand, seven hundred and fifty six dalasi, seventeen bututs).
He also disclosed that the cost of the projects is jointly funded through the OPEC fund for international development, Government of The Gambia and the Brikama Area Council in the total sum of D106,972,965.90 ( One hundred and six million, nine hundred and seventy-two thousand, nine hundred and sixty-five dalasi, ninety bututs).
Mr. Jallow noted that identification of the projects as priorities were well calculated but also participatory and inclusive based on various reasons ranging from ease of communication, access to market and the need to have a conducive working environment for council staff among others. “I have no doubt that when these projects are completed they will make significant impact on the lives of the communities directly affected and beyond.”
He expressed the Council’s commitment and readinesss to continue providing development and service needs of the people to their doorsteps in the most efficient, effective and accountable manner as possible.
Mr. Jallow called on taxpayers to pay their taxes on time to enable the Council to accordingly fulfill its mandate. He also thanked their development partners and collaborators such as GAMWORKS Agency, Trust Bank, Governor’s office and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Government through the Ministry and Minister of Lands and Regional Government for giving them the opportunity to be able to implement the very important infrastructural projects without.
Local government minister Lamin Dibba thanked the BAC management and reminded the interim chairman and his committee that they have big responsibility as their role is to pave a very smooth way for the incoming councilors.
He urged the new committee to try to minimise the huddles for the incoming councilors, assuring them of his support in performing their duties.
He also thanked Gamworks for their partnership with his line ministry particularly in community development and encouraged beneficiaries of the projects to utilise the services of community development operating in their areas.
He also thanked the BAC management for making the payment a reality, reminding them that it is “our” responsibility to see that revenue base is improve and called on taxpayers to pay their taxes without which the Council will find it difficult to bring any development.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Governor Bakary Sanyang hailed the minister of local government and land for honoring this invitation, saying his presence at the event shows that the government is committed and concerned about the plight of its people. He expressed appreciation for witnessing the payment to Gamworks and encourages BAC to continue the good work.
Trawally from Trust Bank said their partnership with BAC started long ago,
first as a deposit relationship and now expanded to include credit and other
contingent facilities. “You will recall that not long ago, we financed the
acquisition of seven Lorries for the Council for rubbish collection and that is
just one of many facilities we extended to the Council.”
He said Trust Bank has huge stake in Brikama, saying they just inaugurated a new modern state-of-the art branch with all the amenities to enhance the convenience of their customers. “We have absolutely no doubt that the successful implementation of this project will make it easier for our customers in the satellite villages to have access to our branch.”
He thanked BAC for choosing to partner with them on such a laudable project and expressed hope that they can further expand the scope of their relationship.