chairman and CEO of the QGroup has said that establishing the QCity and QTV
have been one of his major dreams since starting his business career. “I feel happy today that I have accomplished
that dream,” Muhammed Jah said at the launching ceremony on Thursday.
Describing it as “a unique edifice in sub-Saharan Africa”, the QCity has several world-class facilities such as an Olympic size swimming pool with a 250-sweater covered pavilion; FIFA-compliant natural grass football field with track for running, walking and cycling; NBA Standard Basketball court, Olympi-standard volleyball and Tennis courts; outdoor gym and exercise areas with kids’ playground, and a fully equipped Hostel.
The idea of QCity and QTV came about from as far as 1998 when he had a staff base of only four renting an office.
“The more our businesses and number of staff begin to grow, the more we felt the need for suitable recreational facilities where we can all socialize. It then hit home that unfortunately adequate facilities for recreation were non-existent in The Gambia,” he told the gathering, which was graced by Gambian and Sierra Leonean Presidents.
“It was a big challenge for us. However, in the QGroup, we have a deep believe in our ability to achieve whatever goals we set out for ourselves. For us no goal is too high to achieve and no dream is too big to be unattainable. It is with this spirit that we approach everything we do. It is the enduring mantra that guides our daily activities,” he said.
Jah argued that development is not a matter for government alone, even though they have obligations to create the necessary environment, build infrastructure, provide much needed electricity at affordable rates.
“That is what governments are elected to do. However, the private sector too has a big role to play. Together, the public and private sector can collaborate in partnership to enhance or expedite our developmental process,” Jah said, challenging other successful companies in the country to emulate the QGroup by giving to worthy causes that strengthen national values.
“I am certain that if many companies were to carryout projects of this scale for the general welfare of the citizenry in diverse sectors, pretty soon the Gambian landscape will begin to change for the better,” he added.