mayoress of Banjul City Council (BCC), Rohey Malick Lowe, yesterday disclosed
that her council has secured a grant of £3.157 million – equivalent of D195m
from the European Union (E.U.).
Madam Lowe revealed that they have secured a grant of £150,000 from their counterpart city of Osten and that BCC itself has also contributed £7,805.
She stated that the grant will be used within the next three years or else it will be revoked.
“The grant will cover facilitating the implementation of good governance in Banjul, enabling the creation of sustainable development centre in Crab Island,” she said.
She further narrated that the grant will also be used to support a more effective and environmentally friendly waste management, sustainable greening the city by utilizing local resources as well as to make health care and hygienic practices more accessible and exploiting the potential medical plants.
The mayoress acknowledged the commitment of her team and also assured that the grant will be used as expected.
Atila Lajos, E.U. ambassador to The Gambia, said that BCC is a winning team, adding there are hundreds of proposals prepared from cities in Africa and out of which, one of the very few that was selected for being supported which was less than a dozen was the proposal by BCC.
“Project application is difficult since it is E.U. worldwide call for proposals specially for local authorities which is direct E.U. support from local authorities and it is a support that doesn’t go through government.”