The extension project of the Brikama Market, which was constructed at a tune of D8,453,610, has been inaugurated by the governor of the West Coast Region on Monday.
Funded by the Brikama Area Council, the extension of the town’s central market was driven by the need with the expansion of businesses in the town as the region’s main commercial center.
The inaugural ceremony, which was held at the market site, was graced by Hon Musa Amul Nyassi, Minister of lands, vendors, the regional technical advisory committee members, security officers, stakeholders, council staff, regional APRC chairman, the district chief and Imams.
Governor Aminata Sifai Hydara said the market extension and several other development projects implemented by the Area Council targets to address the ever-growing demand on market space for vendors. She said those vendors are contributing to the socio-economic development of the country.
Governor Hydara said markets are important in the daily lives of people, saying every household needs the services of a market. “Therefore, the extension of the market will undoubtedly enhance business and other business activities and increase the revenue based of council,” she said.
She encouraged vendors to be paying their taxes to enable other parts of the region to benefit from similar projects. She also thanked the Brikama Area Council for solving one of the greatest concerns of the people of Brikama and environs, stressing the need for Council and the market committee to put mechanisms in place to ensure the sustainability of the edifice as well as its cleanness at all times.
Musa Amul Nyassi, the minister of Lands and Regional Government commended the Brikama Area Council for the completion of the project. He challenged the people of Kombo Central to be compliant in paying their taxes on time to enable the council to continue providing basic infrastructures to them.
Minister Nyassi noted that The Gambia is a tax based economy and government’s main source of income, calling on the people to be paying their taxes on time. He equally called on tax collectors to be God-fearing and to deliver the money they collected to the council.
He cautioned tax collectors to be careful, saying no stone will be left on turned and anyone found wanting of mismanaging taxpayers’ money will face the wrath of the law.
Chairman of Brikama Area Council, Bakary Saibo Sanneh said the multi-million dalasi project is one of the Council’s most prioritised infrastructural projects implemented in partnership with GAMWORKS. He said the project was constructed under the cross community component of the Community Based Infrastructure and Livelihood Improvement Project (CILIP).
The technical director of GAMWORKS, Omar Gaye said the work comprises of a two storey building with 21 shops on the ground floor including one big shop for supermarket, 17 shops on the first floor including two big shops with toilet facilities as well as external toilet block with three cubicles for male and three cubicles for female.
by Amadou Jallow