4 February 2013

Gambia: JAC Embarks On District Authority Meeting

Crr — The Janjangbureh Area Council (JAC) in collaboration with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on Monday held a two-day district authority meeting under their Local Government Area (LGA) at Dankunku, Pinai, Kerewan Touray, Brikamaba, Bansang and Janjangbureh respectively.

The meeting is meant to discuss with the people of the Central River Region south on burning issues such as payment of rates, prevention of bushfire, security, movement and registration of aliens and the monthly cleansing exercise among others.

Speaking at the various venues, Alhaji Ganyie Touray, the governor of the region, spoke on the importance of the meetings, noting that it will help them to discuss issues that are affecting development. According to him, the role of the council is to mobilise and utilise resources at the grassroots level. He therefore called on the communities to pay their rates on time to enable the council to embark on development projects for the communities.

Governor Touray emphasisedthe importance of local structures established in their various villages and wards such as the VDCs and WDCs, saying that they are the entry points for any development. He explained that the VDCs and WDCs are there to implement projects and programmes for their communities.

He also implored on the people of the region to protect their solar panels and establish water management committees for the sustainability of the water projects. The Chief Executive Officer of JAC, Babadinding Jobarteh and the Council Commission Service chairperson, Balla Musa Badjie emphasisedthe need for timely payment of rates so that the council can implement development projects, such as provision of scholarships to needy students, construction of car parks and many other social amenities. They said after mobilising the resources, about 60% of the funds go back to them by implementing development projects.

The regional police deputy commissioner, Abba Colley spoke at length on the importance of security and called on the communities to help the police to trace out criminals. He advised the Alkalolu to be mindful with their stamps and the way they issue documents to cattle dealers, saying that some might be criminals and if they did not get the stamps from the Alkalolu it would be difficult for them to move without being caught by the security. He urged the youth to desist from drug abuse and criminal activities.

Bakary Jobe, the Assistant Superintendent of Immigration, said all aliens coming into the country need to be registered and to regulate their stay in the country. He urgedcompound owners to help in the registration of aliens staying in their compounds.

Other speakers included: Kajali Kanyi, Fafanding K Kinteh, Lamin Sanyang, Yaya Jobe, Nyamo Touray and Alhaji Kebba Kora.

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