17 July 2014

Gambia: BAC Launches Six-Year Strategic Plan

The Brikama Area Council (BAC) Tuesday launched its six-year strategic development plan that targets to make the institution more vibrant by strengthening local governance, improving service delivery and bolstering economic activities.

The 34-page document, which was validated last May, was launched in Brikama. It is a framework that outlines how future development and sustained growth in the West Coast Region can be achieved in the next six years.

Launched by the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Lands and Regional Government, Saihou Sanyang, the strategic plan has an overarching goal to further make the Council a well-managed and environment-friendly institution that will mobilise resources for a better quality of life for the citizenry of the WRC.

Permanent Secretary Sanyang, in his launching statement, reminded the Council management that its first responsibility is to serve the best interest of the people of the region. He noted that now that they have a working strategic document, it will give the Council the vested responsibility to fully represent its people.

Sanyang underscored that councils are important institutions in implementing development in their various areas of operation, saying their uniqueness is that the local people are always directly involved in the planning and implementation of activities.

Timely tax payment:

PS Sanyang used the opportunity to appeal to the people of the region to ensure the timely settlement of their dues so that the Council can implement more development projects in the region. He also called on the Council management to strengthen their relationship with chiefs who can help in advocating for their people to settle their taxes on time.

He assured the Council of his Ministry's commitment to working with them in the implementation of the strategic plan.

The WCR governor, Aminata Siffaye Hydara, opined that the document will help the Council in strengthening its socio-economic activities to achieve meaningful growth and development for the region. "My office will therefore continue to give the Council all the support it needs for the implementation of the strategic plan," she assured.

The chairman of the BAC, Bakary Saibo Sanneh, described the launching of the document as historic, noting that they have long been yearning for a policy tool that will direct the focus of the Council.

He said the plan spells out the strategies of the Council in the next six years and how it can work towards reaching its targets. "This document will surely serve as a management working tool that will represent the interest of the people and help the Council to do a better job by harnessing both human and material resources," he noted.

Presenting an overview of the strategic plan, the BAC director of Planning and Development, Adama Bojang, said BAC provides a working culture that exhibits political stability and advocates peace and harmony. He however noted that there is the need to address the underlying mind-set and capabilities of the employees, especially those who will initiate the change initiatives. Organisational change, she pointed out, is inseparable from individual change, calling on the senior management officers of the Council to act as role models for change and promote collective change over time.

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