of UDP’s mayoral aspirants for Kanifing Municipal Council, Papa Njie, has
stated that his desire is to make KMC the commercial city of The Gambia.
If nominated by the United Democracy Party (UDP) for the May 12 mayoral election and get into office, he would make KMC a cleaner and greener place for everyone.
Papa Njie was speaking in an exclusive interview with The Point on Sunday at his office in Bakau, during an organised meeting with his supporters.
He further said that he wants a KMC where the young ones will see themselves as vibrant people with flourished businesses. He said he would also want to see markets clean with good toilet facilities.
The municipality also needs to provide proper car parks for the taxi drivers, he said, adding that there is a need to have a proper structured KMC with urban planning, proper roads, and clean roads.
“We also want to establish a KMC where the disables can have access to markets, toilets as well as go to public places”. He noted
Mr. Njie also explained that under normal circumstances the disable people should be given allowances every month, noting that it is the responsibility of the council and government to provide them with good homes.
According to him, the Office of Mayor should be given to somebody who is above politics, adding that it should be someone who should be there for the interest of the people and not his own interest.
“The mayoral post should be given to someone who has had a track record of helping people; it should also be given to someone who has worked for the country before and also has the experience,” he argued.
He said that the KMC needs a leader with a vision and experience and has both local international connections.
“KMC also wants to see a leader who listens to the people and be very strong in making decisions; and I possess all of these qualities and I have no doubt that when I go to the office, I would able to deliver,” he argued.
He finally described himself as the most conventional of all candidates considering his work experience, saying part of his aims is to also help reduce corruption in the public offices.
Papa Njie has 24 years of working experience. He had worked under government with MOA, NGOs and NAWFA, where he worked as farmers’ manager, in which he was managing over 48, 000 farmers to grow sesame and also to bring sesame in bulk.
He also worked for The Gambia Investment, Promotion and Free Zone Agency where he was the director of Investment, Promotion Marketing. His job was to create a marketing strategy for the agency to go and attract investors to invest in The Gambia and also to encourage local investment.
He also moved and worked for the American Embassy in Banjul for 8 years as Public Diplomatic Assistance, Culture Affairs Assistant and Education Adviser. He also worked in the sporting arena where he was the President of Gambia Basketball Association.