Council (BCC) has debunked the statement made by Abdoulie Saine, the Banjul
mayoral aspirant for the former ruling Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation
and Construction (APRC).
Mr. Saine, the APRC’s former National Assembly Member for Banjul Central has revealed that the former regime contributed six million dalasi as counterpart contribution for the construction of the new office complex of the council.
On Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, The Point carried an article quoting Mr. Saine as saying in an interview that 75 percent of compounds in Banjul did not pay their rate and that the former regime allocated funds for the rehabilitation of streets in Banjul.
He said at first, 14 streets started the work which was followed by another 14 and then eight other streets.
In a press release sent to The Point, the council says it wish to set the record straight and to inform the general public that Mr. Saine’s assertions were “incorrect and grossly misleading.”
The council said it paid a counterpart contribution in the sum of six million dalasi through a First International Bank’s cheque which was presented to the director general of Gamworks, Mr. Ebrima Cham on 15th of March, 2016. “The presentation ceremony was held at the BCC chambers graced by elders of Banjul, councilors, members of staff and other dignitaries.”
The release stated that the payment was meant for the construction of 49 identified feeder roads in Banjul, including the youth incubator referred to as the youth for excellent facility and the council’s main ultra modern office complex.
The council also declared that it is misleading and incorrect for Mr. Saine to assert that the former regime effected payment for any projects that were conceived and identified as priority by the BCC.