Apr 16, 2009, 5:46 AM
Wild jubilations greeted the announcement of a D5.5 million multi-purpose civic centre at Sinchu Alagie village, Kombo North recently.
The project, whose foundation stone was laid at a ceremony held at the village, is said to be the first of its kind, spearheaded by the Igbo association of Nigerians in The Gambia.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chief Jerry Simon Okechukwa, the President of the association highlighted the significance of the project, noting that it is the first of its kind in the history of the association in The Gambia.
According to him, the project comprises a two-storey building, which upon completion is expected to house the association's secretariat, guesthouse, offices and recreational facilities, among others.
For his part, the Alkalo of Sinchu Alhagie Village, Salifu Ceesay, lauded the Igbo association for bringing what he called positive developments to his village. He stated that the project is a positive development in the village, as it can be used for many fundraising activities, as well as showcase their talents.
Ceesay also emphasised that the people of his village will start socialising with the Igbos, as no one is a foreigner in The Gambia. He finally commended the association on behalf of his people for the initiative.
The laying of the foundation stone was followed by pledges made by individuals, on behalf of their families, committees, organisations and institutions.
The Managing Director of FIBank Gambia Ltd, who was also the Chairman of the occasion, said the association should be visiting the construction site. frequently in order to successfully and efficiently achieve the aims of the project.
He stated that donors should help to support the building, and then promised to support the association.
The project committee Chairman, Fabian N Akaneme delivered the vote of thanks.