The Point (Banjul)

7 February 2013

Gambia: JAC Embarks On District Authority Meetings

The Janjangbureh Area Council (JAC) recently conducted a two-day district authority meeting within its Local Government Area (LGA).

According to officials of the council, this has created an avenue for stakeholders and local people to discuss issues relating to mandates and delivery services for the Central River Region south and to come up with recommendations and possible solutions to overcome their bottleneck.

Some of the key issues discussed were payment of rates, prevention of bushfire, security, movement and registration of aliens and intensifying the monthly set-settal, among others.

The meetings were held at different communities, namely Dankunku, Pinai, Kerewan Touray, Brikamaba, Bansang and Janjangbureh.

The annual event is organised, in collaboration with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

Governor of the region, Alh.GanyieTouray, spoke extensively about the importance of the meetings, noting that such convergence will create opportunity to discuss issues that affect developments in the area.

He said the role of the council is to mobilise resources and utilisation at the grassroots level and then called on the communities to pay their rates on time to enable the council to embark on development projects.

While emphasising the importance of the local structures established in various villages, he implored the people of the region to protect their solar panels and establish water management committees for the sustainability of the water project.

The Chief Executive Officer of JAC, Babadinding Jobarteh and the Council Commission Service Chairperson, Balla Musa Badjie, all emphasized the need for timely payment of rates to the council.

The regional police deputy commissioner, Abba Colley, who spoke at length on the importance of security, urged the communities to help the police curb criminals.

He advised the Alkalolu to be mindful of their official stamps, as according to him, it is what they use to issue documents to cattle dealers.

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