By Amadou Gaggigo
The buffer zone was on Saturday 22 June full to capacity with all and sundry from municipality. The occasion witnessed the launching of a fleet of 24 trucks purchased and ordered by the Municipal Council to clean the environment.
The multi-million dalasi project was financed solely by a Gambian company; which is the Q Group.
The occasion was a national event as all political parties were represented; the former Mayor of KMC was also part of the occasion, leading the APRC party.
The leader and Secretary General of the UDP, and former Vice President Lawyer Ousainou Darboe was present too showing moral support to the KMC mayor who was elected on his party’s ticket.
Each of the 17 wards in the Kanifing municipality got one truck with the names of their wards clearly in written on the trucks.
Speaking on the occasion the Lord Mayor of Kanifing Municipal Council; Ahmed Talib Bensouda said ten months ago the people of the Municipality demanded a proper waste management as we face a waste management crisis. He said he is happy that they took the challenge and “today here we are delivering 19 trucks to each of our 19 words”.
Mayor Bensouda said the project is a one hundred million dalasi project which belongs directly to the communities of the 19 wards in the KMC.
Bensouda further clarify that it is a partnership of a bill of operate transfer model between the Q-Group and the Ward Development Committees who represent their communities in this agreement. The Council serves as a facilitator and a manager.
He told the gathering that communities will payback via a rock bottom prices of less than 100 per month and our target for our communities Bensouda said is three years thereafter the ownership of trucks will be fully transferred to Ward Development Committees.
He advise the members of the communities to take ownership as the project, as it is theirs and that the truck is yours.
He offered his expertise to others councils in other parts of the country if they are interested what happen in KMC, He said there is no recipe to the success other than unity among themselves. “At the KMC we put all their political differences apart and work for the progress of the council” Bensouda said
By Amadou Gaggigo