first chairman of Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) who led Gambia’s most
populous municipality from 1991 to 1994 is calling on the next mayor of the
municipality to prioriise the expansion of revenue-base to help addressing
maters as dictated by Local Government Act.
Kebba Jallow said rates and taxes alone that the council collects cannot sustain the development base of the municipality if other financial accessibility means are not applied.
On May 12, Gambians will return to the polls to elect the local council chairpersons and mayors/mayoress following April 12’s election of councilors.
Mr. Jallow said for the next KMC mayor to adequately respond to the demands of the municipality, he/she must involve people and councilors to prepare development and agendas and encourage businesses to invest in the municipality.
Jallow also advised the council to work closely with Gamworks and other external municipalities and councils it is partnering with. “Councils must not count on government revenue. The race for the mayoral seat will be a competitive one because the names I saw on the list are all competitive, well-educated and well-meaning.”
According to Mr. Jallow, the duty of a mayor remains the same from the onset with only few expansions in the administration.
He said Councils cannot function correctly with government’s involvement in its operational affairs but noted the elected mayor should have good relationship with the government. “There are big challenges on councils with high expectations from people but with good planning, the mayor can do well.
Mr. Jallow who has been in council work since 1977 and served as chairman in various committees before becoming chairman in 1991, expressed his availability and readiness to assist the coming mayor in any way possible for the development of the municipality.