By Ousainou J Sawaneh (PrinCE OjeE)
Kombo Real Estate on Saturday handed over more than 250 plots of land to the Future Developers Association of the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) Transmission and Distribution Department following the completion of their payments.
The ceremony was held at NAWEC Estate situated between Jambanjelly and Cassa Kunda.
Each of the beneficiaries is allocated a 25 × 25 plot of land after finishing the payment of their plots of land in over 5 years.
Speaking at the ceremony, Sanna Jassey, Chief Executive Officer of Kombo Real Estate said they initiated the project (institutional customers’ scheme) in 2016 to help low income earners also acquire land.
“My intention is not only to sell to rich people but ensure every Gambian owns a plot of land,” he pointed out while thanking their customers for their patronage and trust.
CEO Jassey further said that their intention is to provide shelter for every Gambia while noting that one of their major challenges is with a minor mistake people label real estates as scammers.
“Over 10,000 people have acquired land from us, most of whom are low income earners,” Mr. Jassey a staff NAWEC went on, while thanking NAWEC for the opportunity to work with them over the years.
Landing Bojang, president for NAWEC Transmission and Distribution Department said the association was formed in February 2016 to help members acquire plots of land.
He added that this is because most employees work until after retirement without being able to acquire land and continue to rent with their families.
Mr. Bojang said they had an 8-year payment plan agreement with Kombo Real Estate but were able to complete the payment in under 6 years.
“Without shelter life will not be meaningful,” he stated while thanking Kombo Real Estate for their generosity in making the Estate affordable for them.
On his part Ahmad Tijan Jaiteh, secretary general for NAWEC T&D Association said the estate will have a school, clinic, football ground and market. He added that their next step will be to fence the estate and then the documentation. He further said that the construction of a road network to the estate is also on the pipeline.
Mr. Janneh highlighted that, they are hopeful that even yet to come staff of the company will benefit from the initiative.
Edrissa Jarju, co-founder of the association tasked the committee to ensure electricity and water is brought to the Estate as well as ensure the development of the plots of land.
Baboucarr Awe, NAWEC T&D manager expressed their commitment to ensure electricity is brought to the Estate after the construction of homes.
Paramount chief, Momodou Bojang commended Mr. Jassey for contributing his quota towards the development of the nation. However, he urged alkalous of Jambanjelly and Cassa Kunda not to sell all their lands but rather reserve some for development.