The Brikama Area Council (BAC) has allocated an amount of D34, 249,195.85 (Thirty four million, two hundred and forty-nine thousand, one hundred and ninety five dalasi and eighty-five bututs) for the implementation of the new Community Based Infrastructure and Livelihood Improvement Project (CILIP) sub-projects in the West Coast Region. The Council has already listed over 10 priority projects it intends to embark on in the region under CILIP. They are; the construction of a reinforced concrete pavement at the entrance of the Brikama Car Park, extension of the Brikama Central Market, construction of Brikama Nyambai Market, construction of Gunjur Car Park, rehabilitation of Brikama-Kassa Kunda road, rehabilitation of Sibanor-Kaimu-Kusamai road, Sewol-Tamba Kunda-Giranfal-Bajagarr road and the rehabilitation of Burambang-Bullengha-Kamfenkeng-Bambara road.
During an introductory meeting with officials of The Gambia Agency for the Management of Public Works (GAMWORKS), the institution responsible for the implementation and the day-to-day administration of the project, the Council officials assured of their fullest and unflinching commitment towards the smooth and successful implementation of the listed priority projects.
Speaking at the meeting, the chairman of BAC, Bakary Saibo Sanneh, assured GAMWORKS of his Council's resolve to a smooth implementation of the identified priority CILIP projects. The CILIP project manager, Maria Dacosta and the project manager of GAMWORKS/CILIP, James Furmos Gomez, both reminded the Council officials that a timeframe of four months is given for the completion of the design phase of the identified projects. They also assured of their commitment towards the smooth implementations of CILIP projects within the region and across the country. The chief executive officer of the BAC, Tamba S. Kinteh, also assured GAMWORKS of his Council's unreserved commitment to live up to expectations, noting that it will provide the necessary information and logistics needed by the respective consultants to enhance the successful implementation of the work.
The representatives of the contracting agencies for the road and car park projects, Baboucarr S. Janneh and Abdou Jane respectively, spoke of their commitment to ensure the successful implementation of the projects.
The Community-Based Infrastructure and Livelihood Improvement Project is financed by the government of The Gambia and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) with a total project cost of US$ 18.02Million for a period of four years. The Loan and Technical Assistance Grant Agreements were signed between the IDB and government of The Gambia. The aim of the CILIP is to support government's strategy to alleviate poverty in the rural and peri-urban areas. The project will empower beneficiary communities and improve their livelihood and welfare through financing demand-driven community infrastructure and livelihood activities. The project has four components, namely: Community Infrastructure Facility, Livelihood Improvement Fund, Institutional Development, Project Implementation Support and Consultancy Services.