By Ousainou J. Sawaneh (PrinCE OjeE)
Speaking to residents of Banjul, Mayor of Banjul City Council, Rohey Malick Lowe has confirmed that 72% of compound owners in Banjul are not paying rates while stressing that lack of rates payment to the council will hinders the development of the city.
‘‘Lacks of payment from compound owners’ and 72% of compound owners are not paying rates. This brings revenue loses to Council’’ she disclosed.
Mayor Lowe noted that slow bureaucracy in decision making is another challenge, adding that in most decisions council has to write to the Ministry of Local Government and wait for response.
She further urged the people of Banjul to continue paying their rates to help in the development of the city while highlighting that lack of rate payment by the residents is another major challenge for the council.
She made these remarks as she continue her engagements with the residents at Sam Jack Terrance Street on 12th March 2022, in the Banjul Central Constituency.
The tour mandated by the Local Government Act 2002 requires the Mayor to visit communities within the City of Banjul and to hear directly from the residents about the constraints they face daily and the meeting is also geared towards bridging the gap between the council and the people in the city.
Speaking on good governance, BCC Mayor said recognizing invaluable contribution of council’s staff to attain its prime objective, the council has embarked on salary and allowance increment for all staff and Councillors.
Giving its commitment to improve standard of living in the city, Madam Lowe said BCC remains the on debt free institution in the country.
On the REFELA initiative, Lowe reveals that they have provided 10 million Dalasi as a loan with a minimal administrative cost attached to empower the Women of Banjul through the RML Women and Girls Empowerment initiative. Refela activities also complementing council’s efforts.
Improving the Waste Managing System in the City of Banjul, the first female Mayor said they have supplied free trash cans/waste bins to each and every compound in the City and we now collect the waste twice every week from each compound.
‘‘Acquired four waste trucks and it is important to know that before coming to office, council was operating without waste trucks. Mobilize the counterpart contribution funds for the building of the BCC Complex and the Youth for Excellence Centre’’ she said.
Speaking of the EU funded project, she said planting of coconut trees at the Beach, planting of mangroves at the Tanbi Wetland and greening of the inner City thanks to the Banjul-Oostende EU funded project.