By Aramata Jatta
The Lord Mayoress of Banjul City Council (BCC) Rohey Malick Lowe told the media that her office has acquired a grant of over 3.157 Euros from the European Union through its Ambassador Attila Lajos. The said money is equivalent 195,734,000.00 Gambian Dalasis and to be use within the period of 3years.
She made this statement yesterday at her office in Banjul.
The whooping sum is meant for the key cooperative action for Banjul and key among the targeted areas include facilitating the implementation of good governance through capacity building for the staff and councilors of BCC, enabling the creation of sustainable development center in Crab Island, support an effective environmental friendly waste management, sustainable greening the city by utilizing local resources and making health care and hygienic practices more accessible.
Lord Mayoress Lowe described the grant as the first of its kind in the history of the Gambia for a municipality to strengthen its arms and tape from EU’s funding. This is a non-governmental project as it is not channeled through government.
She asserted that 318 cities competed for the grant and the Gambia came out 3rd amongst those contestants.
She seized the opportunity to thank the EU ambassador for his support. She vowed to go by the EU Procurement rules and spends the grant on the purpose of which it was acquired.
For his part the E.U ambassador to the Gambia his Excellency Attila Lajos defined BCC as a winning team. He said there are more than hundreds of proposals lying before the E.U and only few among those are supported.
He affirmed that the said grant didn’t pass through Government or any treasury. He said it is directly from E.U to BCC. Adding that he hopes that the grant will bring tangible development in Banjul thus making it a good example for Gambians to emulate