Aug 19, 2009, 8:00 AM
part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Pan African Real Estate Development
Company; TAF Africa Global, over the weekend held a pre-launch briefing on its
famous Dalaba Estate, along the Jabang highway in Kombo South. The pre-launch
began with a press conference where journalist had the opportunity to engage
the company executive on crucial matters.
In a move to create a global identity for the company, The Gambian owned Real Estate developer has recently registered and operating in several West African countries with its most active operation in Nigeria, where it is now a household name with series of projects currently underway there.
General Manager, Ya Bajen Njie explained that the Dalaba Estate was launched in June 2018, as a residential estate aiming to house 374 families, which comprised of fenced empty plots and fully developed 2 to 4 bedroom homes.
“The infrastructure cost of the Dalaba Estate arrives at over 30 million dalasis. This includes solar street lights, water and electricity supply, 1500 fruit trees and beautiful landscaping.”
Regional manager, Assan Sosseh said spreading their tentacles to Nigeria in 2013 wasn’t a bad one at all as the first phase of the estate which consist of over 900 homes, including various recreational facilities were sold out and occupied before the beginning of the 2017 year.
Chief executive officer Mustapha Njie said in a bid to address the current land crises in The Gambia, his company has solely recommended and hired a consultant for the government to efficiently address the matter, calling on the government to take up its responsibilities in settling such issues.
“We are aware of the growing number of real estates and land crises in this country. But as a company, we took it upon ourselves to hire a consultant for the government who will offer them consultancy services in matters relating land.”
Mr Njie also expressed disappointment in the move to turn GTTI into a university. For him, GTTI is one of the longest serving technical and vocational training institutions in the country, saying the government should have worked on improving its standard instead of turning it into a university, a move he described as an encouragement for more paper graduates.
“In my opinion, GTTI should have been maintained for the technical school. It should be reformed and adjust rather than turning it into a university. I think this will only give us more paper graduates, people who will graduate with good papers but when you take them to the field they can’t deliver.”
He however commended Gai Construction Company for what he called its good implementation of the Banjul Rehabilitation project, courtesy of the National Development plan. He emphasized the need to support Gambian owned companies, saying it is the only way to take the country to another level.
TAF Africa Global is also engaged in social cooperate activities. Part of its’ cooperate responsibilities is the Tafcon foundation that brings together over 1000 participants to a conference each year, a pitching contest that awards over 4 million dalasis to winners and the TAF leadership academy that groom young people and provide them with mentors who help them in shaping their careers.