Nema Community Inaugrates First Market
The community of Nema inaugurates its first market, funded by the government of The Gambia and OPEC fund for International development.
The construction of this market is one out of the seven projects under the Rural Infrastructural Development Projects aimed at enhancing infrastructural development in communities round the country.
Speaking at the occasion, Bilal Faal ward councilor of Nema village said this project was started by the former ward councilor Mariama Bah Saine but unfortunately she could not implement it as her term in office expired before the project could be implemented.
“when I came to office I went to see her and she told me to go to the Brikama Area Council and make a follow up on the project which I did”, he explained.
Faal further stated that a council is a process just like the presidency; when one’s time expires and another one will replace him or her; and that all the credit should be given to Mariama Bah Saine as she was the one who started the whole process.
Modou Jonga, CEO Brikama Area Council, said the event marks another milestone in the efforts of the council to promote community infrastructural development as this project is one out of seven projects funded by the government and the Rural Infrastructural Development Project. According to him, the council has made a counterpart contribution of 8.3% which amounts to 8,878,756.00 dalasis.
“The other remaining rural infrastructural development projects includes; the Brikama Area Council office complex which is ongoing and also the Kusamai -Bajagar gravel road in Foni Bintang is completed”, he stated.
He further revealed that part of the project also is the Brikama car park rear access road and the pavement of the Brikama Police station at church junction which are located in Kombo central. He continued that the Sukuta- Mariama Kunda Taa road in Kombo North and the joint Wellingara and Latrikunda road construction which is ongoing are all part of the project.
National Assembly Member for Old Yundum Honorable Abdoulie Ceesay advised the beneficiaries to take good care of the market and keep it as it took a lot of efforts to get the market for them. He added that the vendors especially the women should allow each space in the market and work in unison. “You should avoid petty talks and work together even though the market is sizable; it is worth maintaining”.
Oumie Kebbeh one of the beneficiaries said this project has been implemented thanks to the ward councilor of Nema Bilal Faal and Abdoulie Cham who is also a vendor at the market as they have done tremendously well to get this done.
She thanked the Area Council and the Alkali of Nema who is very supportive to the community and urged her fellow women vendor to take good care of the market and wish them all the best of luck in the business.
By Adam Drammeh.