Jul 23, 2008, 6:18 AM
The UK High Commissioner yesterday re-opened the Business Training Centre (BTC) in Bakau in recognition of the recent contribution made by the British High Commission towards the renovation and upgrade of facilities at the BTC.
Last year the UK High Commission contributed over D150,000 towards the renovation of BTC to make the premises a safer learning environment for the many hundreds of students who benefit from the teaching and skills service at the centre. The funds provided by the British High Commission paid for new ceiling fans to help keep the IT room cool as well as new wiring and roofing to prevent rainwater flooding the centre.
Speaking at the event, UK High Commissioner to The Gambia David Morley said: “I wish to thank the BTC Principal, Mr Adebayo and everyone who helped towards the successful renovation and refurbishment of the centre.
“Success for the Business Training Centre is success for the British High Commission. A number of the British High Commission staff have been trained here over the years and all of them have spoken warmly of the level of teaching and support they have received.
“I see today’s ceremony as a renewal of our partnership in working together to try and further higher education in The Gambia. I look forward to keeping in touch with the Business Training Centre and seeing the centre go from strength to strength.”
Mr Morley officially re-opened the BTC by cutting a ceremonial ribbon across the entrance with Bai Matarr Drammeh - chairman of the BTC.
Also in attendance at the ceremony was Adelle Sock, vice-chairperson of the BTC and hundreds of current BTC students.
The BTC has since its formation trained over 17,000 Gambian students in areas such as finance, business, IT and banking.