chairman of Banjul City Council interim management committee, Alhagie Abou B.
Jallow has recently led the commissioning of Banjul ice plant project at the
project site in Banjul.
Chairman Jallow said at the commission that the project was conceived following former Mayor Abdoulie Bah and a delegation visit to Oostende in Belgium in November 2014 where they made a request to the Oostende City Council to assist in bringing up the ice plant.
He said acting within the framework of the Banjul-Oostende City link; an approval was made by the Oostende City to purchase the machine for the ice plant which cost 54, 414 Euros with capacity to produce 1500kgs of flaked ice in 24 hours and an ice plant storage capacity of 3 tonnes.
Mr. Jallow said the ice plant would not only add value to fish production for optimum economic returns but will also open new fish marketing arrangement for fishermen to diversify by fishing for deep water fish or snappers.
He said the proceeds will be ploughed in the operations and maintenance of the ice plant, building of fish stalls for the fishermen and fish mongers, fish processing and toilets or hygiene related facilities.
He thanked the staff and management of Banjul City Council for their commitment in ensuring that the facility is available for the fishing industry, noting that the machine will play a vital role for all fishermen in Banjul and beyond particularly the fisheries department.
Ousman Jobe, coordinator of Banjul-Oostende City link said the ice plant will be handled and managed properly in order to benefit communities in Banjul and beyond, pointing out that the link was established on the basis of mutual understanding, respect, reciprocity and international solidarity.
He said different projects have been realised within the framework of Banjul-Oostende link with a focus on capacity building programmes. “The link has been actively engaging in health, education, environmental awareness, waste management, youth and sports, women empowerment, tourism, food security and information technology.”