15 February 2013

Gambia: Sifoe Villagers Demand Ex-VDC to Hand Over Materials

The community of Sifoe has called on the local authorities to use their veto in rescuing the village from sinking following the failure by the Ex-VDC members to hand over some village owned properties still in their disposal.They made this remark Saturday February 2nd at a village meeting at the Sifoe Child Fund Office.

Alhagie Kawsu Darboe, the Chairperson of the VDC told villagers that the purpose of their meeting is to discuss issues confronting the village; saying that Sifoe needs development at any cost as the village is growing fast..Mr. Darboe further stated that during their meeting with the authorities and security chiefs at the office of the Governor, they informed the authorities that there is no Alkaloship crisis in the village because they are not interested in the position but only want to develop the village which cannot be done if some properties are still missing.He noted that the other issue is the water concerns; noting that their intention is to provide clean and safe water system for the people as the village is today facing a serious water problem which needs to be addressed with immediate effect.Abou Jammeh, a resident also told the meeting that Sifoe has been going through many difficult moments for the past couple of years.

Lamin Camara said that the funds and items that belong to the community should be given back to the community.Sanna Demba, Morro Manneh, Kebba Nuha Demba, Seyfo Demba, Bakary Bojang and Bakary Jassey, all re-echoed similar remarks calling on the villagers to work towards the development of the village and for those who have been given responsibility to account for their actions for the sake of transparency and accoutability .The meeting was attended by a cross section of the community who all pledged their support to the new VDC. Abou Jammeh moderated the meeting.

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