By Adama Tine
The Ministry of Health has announced the construction of new health centres in various parts of the country, including President Adama Barrow’s home village, Mangkamang Kunda and four other villages.
The other villages are Salikenni, Jaali, Kissima, and Sarreh Jideh, reports say.
Signing a construction deal on Thursday between the Ministry and Gamworks, Ebrima Cham, Special Adviser at Gamworks said health is a priority for all Gambians, describing the contract as important “because the five health centers will have a huge impact in the communities that they will be constructed”.
“We went through a difficult procurement process and we are happy that the contractors that have emerged from the procurement process are really capable. We expect that they will deliver on time and to the quality that is really expected to have a meaningful health impact on the lives of the citizens,” he added.
On his part, Alagie Baboucarr Jabang, Director of Finance and Admin at Gamworks said the Ministry of Health is all out to serve the nation in fulfilling its mandate as a ministry responsible for all health matters in the country.
‘’The Ministry and Gamworks have signed many such management contracts before but this is an exemplary one because it is timely,” he said. Jabang went on to add that Plot one is signed with Tanzil company; Plot two with Bafaad enterprise; Plot three with We Can construction; Plot four with Gambel and Plot five with Gach construction. He explained that all the companies are Gambian companies, saying: “it is important we help our own Gambian companies”.
Farba O. Sillah, managing director of Bafaad enterprise said each of the five contractors will employ 60 Gambians, adding that the money they will be shared between 300 families and remain in the country. He further said that it will also serve as a means of discouraging illegal migration.