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May 22, 2012, 1:46 PM
The construction industry makes a vital contribution to the competitiveness and prosperity of the economy and a modern, efficient infrastructure is a key driver of productivity. The construction industry also plays a major role in delivering the built infrastructure in an innovative and cost-effective way.
It is against this backdrop that a young dynamic homegrown architect calls on stakeholders in the construction industry to put in more investment in the sector to further boost the booming sector.
Nyambi Ceesay, managing director of the newly established multi-disciplinary company ‘Smart-tech company’ with focus on construction, design and computer engineering, who is a product of the University of The Gambia, makes this call in an interview with our reporter over the weekend.
Ceesay promised that his young company will endeavour to provide reliable and quality architectural design of both local and international standard.
His words: “The design, construction and operation of our built environment have other important economic effects, for example, on the rate at which we use resources.”
The young dynamic homegrown building contractor said the idea behind the establishment of his company is provide job opportunities for young upcoming homegrown architects and designers, saying that he currently employs a handful of young Gambians whose dream is building a modern Gambia trough architectural design.
“Whatever foreign contractors and consultant can do, we can also deliver beyond expectations. Therefore, we want our entrepreneurs to heavily invest and patronize us in this very important sector,” he said.
Speaking at his Brusubi-based office opposite Speed Petrol station besides the new ACE building, he said: “Firms throughout the economy are dependent on the performance of built infrastructure such as roads, rail, power stations and telecoms networks to remain competitive, and inward investors will consider the quality of the built infrastructure as one of the key factors when considering location decisions.”
According to Ceesay, ‘Our productivity also depends on the efficiency and nature of the built environment. The flexibility, mobility and effectiveness of the workforce and the productivity of firms depend on the availability of properly configured and located houses and premises.”
He underscored the importance of construction noting: “Construction plays a central role in our drive to promote sustainable growth and development. This is why it’s vital that we invest in the right people with the right skills, to ensure that this sector continues to positively affect the way we all live our lives day-to-day.”
The promising young designer disclosed that the construction industry plays an important role in the economy, and the activities of the industry are also vital to the achievement of national socio-economic development goals of providing shelter, infrastructure and employment.
It is clear that construction activities affect nearly every aspect of the economy and that the industry is vital to the continued growth of the economy, he argued.
His ambition is to develop the capacities of Gambian youth to be productive citizens and main drivers of the economy, saying the youth play key role in the socio-economic development of any nation.
“We want to set the pace in this industry,” he said. Ceesay, who holds a BSc in community building and design, is back by a team of experts in the construction sector with wide experience in the domain.