The former Director of Finance at the Janjangbureh Area Council (JAC), Modoulamin Jaiteh is now the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Basse Area Council (BSAC) in the Upper River Region.

Mr. Jaiteh is an experienced civil-servant who started work with the local government as a revenue collector and rose through the ranks to the position of CEO.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer, Jaiteh said he wants to ensure that Basse Area Council remains one of the best councils in the country in terms of bringing rapid socio-economic development to the communities they are serving. He stressed that  bringing infrastructural development to the communities in the region is on top of development agendas.

He expressed his resolve to work closely with his councilors in ensuring that 60% of the taxpayers’ money returns to them in the form of development projects.  “Our role as council is to utilise resources by providing social amenities for the community we serve”, he stated.

He thus called on the people of the region to pay their rate and taxes on time so as to enable the council implement development projects in the communities.

The new BSAC CEO added that late payment of rate and taxes delay the execution of development by the council especially those that are supposed to be implemented within that particularly period, saying “it is our collective responsibilities to ensure we pay our rate and taxes and on time”.

Jaiteh disclosed that the council has just paid their counterpart contribution to Gamworks which is almost about one million, five hundred thousand Dalasis meant among other things for development projects in the region.

According to him, each councilor has identified development priorities within their respective wards, and the council is doing everything possible in ensuring that their communities benefit from the council in the form of development projects.

The Government of The Gambia, he said is doing its part. “Therefore we are going to work effectively to complement their effort towards national development.”

Mawdo Baldeh, the new Finance Manger of the council also dwelled on the significant role the council is playing in the region.

Baldeh said BSAC is contributing immensely in all aspects of development within the region, and thus urged the communities in the area to pay their rate and taxes on time with a view to enabling more development projects reach their doorsteps.

by Momodou Jawo, in URR