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BAC commissions more than D8M market extension project in Brikama

Nov 2, 2016, 11:07 AM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

The management of the Brikama Area Council (BAC) in partnership with Gamworks Monday commissioned the Brikama Market extension project worth D8,453,610.

 The handing over ceremony was graced by the Minister of Lands and Regional Government, staff and management of BAC, communities and Governor WCR.

The ceremony was chaired by the public relations officer, who doubles as senior admin. officer of the Brikama Area Council, Modou Njonga.

In his statement at the ceremony, the BAC Chairman, Bakary Saibo Sanneh, said the multimillion dalasi project was under the priority infrastructural projects of the council, and it was implemented in partnership with Gamworks Agency under the cross-community component of Community-based Livelihood Improvement Project (CILIP).

According to Sanneh, the project was among several other developmental projects undertaken by the current administration of the council, geared towards addressing the ever-growing demand for market space for the teaming number of businessmen and women, who in one way or the other are contributing to the socio-economic development of our dear motherland.

BAC Chairman Sanneh saluted the staff and councilors of BAC for their hard work and dedication in addressing the welfare of tax and rate payers.

He also thanked Gamworks, CILIP, the contractor and the consultant for giving them a beautiful facelift of the Brikama Central Market.

Also speaking on the occasion was Omar Gaye, Technical Director at Gamworks, who said the project that had been inaugurated forms part of many projects they implemented on behalf of BAC under the community-based infrastructure and livelihood improvement project.

He said Gamworks signed the contract in November 2014 with Santa Yalla Business Center, with the design and supervision handled by Fenta Consultant architects.

He said the original contract was for D6,653,610 and was supposed to be two buildings associated with facilities like 21 shops up with a supermarket and numbers of shops upstairs.

However, he said, during the course of the implementation of the construction, BAC upon further consultation requested for additional canteens and some shops and, for these reason, there was a variation of another D1,800,000 added to the contract, given a total sum of  D8,453,610 for the construction of the magnificent building.

As a result, he added, the shops under the upper level were increased to 17 (seventeen) shops with two big shops with toilets facilities, and there are external toilets added for both males and females.

He described this as a big effort from Gamworks and BAC, which put together resources to realise this state-of-the-earth building.

They have already also started another project with BAC, regarding roads and other infrastructure.

The CILIP project manager, Maria Dacosta, expressed happiness on behalf of the management of the project to hand over the keys to the chairman of the Brikama Area Council.

In her speech, the WCR Governor, Ajariatou Siffai Hydara, said this was a great moment of joy and appreciation, and thanked Gamworks and Brikama Area Council for making the event a reality in West Coast Region.

She said there have been development under the administration of the council, all geared towards addressing the ever-increasing demand for market space for their vendors, who in one way or the other are also contributing their quota towards the socio-economic development of the nation.

She dilated on the importance of markets towards the daily living, and that every household needs the services of a market.

Therefore, she added, the extension of the Brikama market was not only timely, but it would undoubtedly enhance business activities, and thereby increased the revenue base of the council.

“At this juncture, I want to implore the direct users of the facilities, the vendors, to be paying their dues to council, and on time, which is very key.”

She said these are the moneys that council ploughs back to the community in the form of projects and programmes.

“To the BAC management, I want to salute them through the Chairman and the CEO for their commitment, hard work and dedication in addressing the welfare of the taxpayers of my region.”

She also advised both the council and the users to maintain the facilities.

The Chief Executive Officer of Brikama Area Council, Mama Sait Jallow, expressed his impressions and delight over the commissioning of the market extension, which he said was one of its kind in the country.

 “We as management are very proud to have this kind of facility, and we are looking forward to getting more of this kind of structures,” he said.

He added that there would be sustainability mechanisms that would be put in place to ensure the durability and the sustenance of the structure, as well as its cleaning.

He thanked the management and staff of the council for their cooperation and team work in collaboration with Gamworks, during the course of the implementation of the project.

 CEO Jallow also assured all that there are more development projects for their tax and rate payers in the pipeline.