Banjul City Council on Monday convened for its Senior Management Team (SMT) a four-day retreat to discuss finance and performance, held at Banjul City Council.
The Deputy Mayor of Banjul, Aja Awa Sillah-Njie, on behalf of the Mayor of Banjul, presided over the opening.
Speaking at the occasion, Deputy Mayor Sillah-Njie stated that the Council is going through a positive transformative process.
She noted that previously financial retreat was separately held, but this time around an inter-twinned finance and performance retreat has been organised for councillors and the Senior Management Team, “which further demonstrates the unwavering commitment, dedication and focus of Council”.
She explained that the retreat was a platform to gauge and measure quality as well as reflect on issues revolving within and outside, with a view to come up with corrective measures needed to register resounding successes.
The Deputy Mayor added that Council deemed it appropriate to have such a review in order to perform better and meet the expectation of the inhabitants of Banjul.
Mustapha Batchilly, Chief Executive Officer of Banjul City Council, described the retreat as stocktaking for the councillors and Banjul City Council staff, noting that it will greatly help them address some of their weakness and challenges.
Batchilly thus urged the participants to take the forum seriously and come up with solutions.
Emmanuel Williams, Chairman of the Finance Committee at Banjul City Council said every six months the council organises such retreats.
The last retreat, he said helped the council to improve on some of their challenges, acknowledging that significant developments have been made in some of the areas.
The Chairman thanked the management of BCC for their steadfastness towards the development of the city.
by Momodou Faal