By Adama Tine
As part of preparations for the 2022 Organisation of Islamic Corporation (OIC) Summit, the government of the Gambia is to commence work for the construction of a five-star hotel worth one hundred million dollars ($100M).
The Gambia OIC Secretariat on Wednesday conducted a site visit with members of the press at the proposed land located in Bijilo at the former Anti Crime Unit.
Few months ago, the OIC Secretariat organized a signing ceremony for the Concession Agreement between the Government and IMMOLAND Sarl for the construction of an internationally branded five star hotel. The hotel will have 400 rooms including Presidential and Royal Suites.
“Providing luxurious accommodation experience for guests during the global convergence is one of the main priorities of the secretariat and the government,” said Yankuba Dibba, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the OIC Secretariat.
CEO Dibba said such an edifice will reinforce the preeminent position of the country as a “go-to” tourists’ destination as well as a hub for international meetings, incentive travels, conference and exhibitions.
Nfally Fadera, Head of Brand and Communications at OIC Gambia Secretariat said the secretariat is the organisation set up by the government to lead the coordination of the preparatory efforts to host the OIC Heads of State Summit in The Gambia.
“Our office was set up and mandated with three tasks and one of them is to mobilize resources to implement development and infrastructure projects in preparation for the summit, and to manage the event planning and organizing of the summit,” Mr. Fadera disclosed.
Abdoulaye Thiam, Chairman and CEO of IMMOLAND Sarl said they are ready to start work in four weeks’ time.
“We are going to take this project seriously and that is why we decided to come to the Gambia with all the team and I believe with the help of God, we will achieve all the expectations from the government,” Mr. Thiam assured.
Andrew Merringue, Design Director described the project as a “prestigious” one and added that they are part of the team that will work on the project of the five-star hotel in the Gambia.
“This is a wonderful project and we are excited to produce a product for the OIC Heads of State Summit in the Gambia and a development that is going to really benefit the Gambian people and tourism.”
Tolga Baburoglu, Deputy Chairman of ERSA Construction Background said it is a privilege and honor for them to be given such an opportunity. He described the project as an exciting one for them and assured that they will give their best quality and time to the project.