UDP's Talib Bensouda, the newly elected mayor of Kanifing Municipality has promised to give the next four years of his life (his mayoral term) to the citizens of Kanifing Municipality.
He made this promise on Monday, May 21, 2018, during his official swearing-in ceremony held at the KMC headoffice.
He said: "While I cannot promise to turn the Kanifing Municipality into the perfect metropolis within this time. I can promise you the following:
I shall turn the Council into a service oriented institution for all residents of KMC.This Institution and the office of the Lord Mayor shall no longer be a political bureau. Instead this office shall be a place of hard work where professionals come to serve the municipality and deliver much needed services to its people.I shall wake up every single day and give all my effort, determination and commitment towards this end."
He assured that council will develop a sustainable municipality, that will spur growth, create opportunities and increase the standard of living of its residents in a responsible manner.
Whilst reminding the gathering of his 5-point plan, he said it is an ambitious yet realistic plan that will require the collective support of the Council, the community and the Central Government.
Bensouda assured that he shall ensure that the municipality is well equipped with qualified, dedicated and a professional workforce.
"As a priority we will commence a human resource and capacity audit of all the Council’s administration, management and support staff to determine the capacity gaps to be filled to deliver on its promise. We shall focus on the development of Council bye-laws and rebuild the audit, compliance and enforcement capacity of the Council.
Fundamentally, and key to my plan will be a substantial assessment of all revenue generating sectors and the adequacy of the current budget, collection mechanisms and financial accounting tools and procedures to drive towards fulfilling my 1 Billion Dalasi revenue target," he remarked.
Mayor Bensouda thanked the outgoing Interim Chairman, Mr Bakary Jammeh and his management team for achieving so much in only 3 months.