May 7, 2010, 1:23 PM
The Gambia Football Federation, GFF, yesterday signed a $0.5M contract with the Shreeji Development Enterprise for the rehabilitation of the National Technical Training Centre, NTTC, in Yundum West Coast Region. The contract for the FIFA-funded project is expected to last six months.
The rehabilitation works when completed will turn the NTTC into an income-generating centre, through promotion as a sports tourism venue, a centre for the GFF and a host for foreign teams.
Speaking at the signing ceremony held at its headquarters, GFF president Lamin Kaba Bajo said one of GFF’s agenda items was the rehabilitation of the centre, and he looked forward to having a quality and standard centre at the end of the contract period. He thanked FIFA for the support and CAF for their firm stand in the development and promotion of African sports.
Bajo added that the development is part of the GFF’s mandate to provide facilities and open up a source of revenue for the federation.
He said they want to ensure that the project is executed as expected, and thanked the head of state and his government for the enabling environment.
On behalf of the project contractor, project site engineer, Yai-Fatou Gaye, assured the GFF of a quality work to be delivered within the slated period, and thanked the association for awarding them the contract.
“We will endeavour to deliver the project on time, and we hope this to be the beginning for further collaboration,” she added.
The project consultant, Francis Jones of Jones Associates, said as consultant he is to ensure that all parties come together, and he commended the GFF for the engagement. GFF executive committee member Bakary Jammeh also spoke on the ceremony.