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Five-year strategic plan for Banjul development in the offing

Oct 4, 2016, 10:17 AM | Article By: Isatou Senghore-Njie

Banjul City Council on Thursday held a daylong consultative forum on a five-year strategic plan, 2015-2019, being developed by the council as a guide in its development of the capital city, Banjul.

During the forum, city authorities, representatives of ward development committees, city users, and other stakeholders deliberated on the content of the plan, priorities, and strategic objectives.

Speaking at the meeting held at the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Banjul, Abdoulie Bah, Mayor of BCC, said the council would never deviate from its mission of taking the lead in the development of Banjul in collaboration with city communities, the Gambia government, and other partners.

He commended the Gambian leader, President Yahya Jammeh, for his continued support and encouragement to the people of Banjul.

Sandigie Njie, public relations officer of BBC, said the council remains committed to its social contract with the electorate of Banjul.

“And in that regard, we deem it appropriate and prudent to firmly set a solid foundation by putting in place an all-inclusive strategic plan, which encapsulates the dreams and aspirations of the city dwellers and stakeholders,” he said.

PRO Njie said every citizen of The Gambia is a critical stakeholder in the transformation process that the capital city is undergoing.

“In our collective attempts and desires, we want to see the lives and livelihood of the ordinary people impacted positively in this transformation process,” he stated.

Kemo Conteh, founder and senior partner, Governance Development Management and Services (GDMS), said the strategic plan being developed will serve as the BCC’s roadmap in its mission to provide basic services and opportunities in Banjul to meet the changing needs of the people and users of the city.

He said the plan would serve as a guide in strengthening the institutional capacity of BCC, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of city services and facilities, creating and maintaining sustainable solid and liquid waste management and environmental protection systems.

It would also enhance opportunities for improved housing, transportation, business and economic development systems, as well as upgrade the standards of city road, street lights, leisure parks, sports and other public facilities.

Mr Conteh said in the development of the strategic plan, they had conducted a survey with questionnaires, focused group discussions, observations and key person interviews with three categories of beneficiaries, stakeholders and partners in the Banjul city community.