Aspiring Independent Candidate Speaks Ahead of BAC Elections 

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By Louise Jobe

Lamin Jammeh, a native of Kombo Sukuta, has disclosed to this medium last weekend, his intention to contest in the upcoming Local Government Elections as an Independent Candidate for the Brikama Area Council Chairmanship (BAC).

In an interview with this reporter at his home in Sukuta, in the Kombo North District of the West Coast Region, Jammeh said his intention to contest is to transform the lives of his people and the region at large, when elected Chairman of BAC. That if elected into office, he will initiate vibrant and sustainable economic growth; decongest the transportation system; create zonal entrepreneurship sectors; reduce taxes; help the youth to acquire skills and ensure that there is an effective waste management system whth the availability of an incinerator and recycling system, among a host of other development endeavours.

He further said that it is part of his plans to adopt a five year development plan for BAC, saying the responsibility of the Council under his leadership, will be implemented as enshrined in the Local Government / Finance Audit Acts of 2002/2004 respectively.

The erstwhile Chief Executive Officer of BAC said if elected, he will ensure that there are subventions for disaster; overseas treatment for those in need; sports and other social amenities.

Jammeh recollected that during his tenure as CEO, he accomplished the completion of projects such as sponsored internal and external staff training; computerisation of council’s office work; increment of staff salaries and promotions; construction of Brikama  craft and main market’ allocation of land for Brikama power station and a host of other projects. 

For the information the reader, Lamin Jammeh attended Sukuta primary; Armitage Senior Secondary School and Gambia Technical Training Institute (being first elected student Union president in 1983). He studied at the Asian Institute of Technology and the University of Central England and obtained NVQ in civil engineering and architecture, governance and I.T. training. He holds the London Higher National Diploma from City and Guilds; a post graduate Degree in project management, and specialized in construction engineering (tunnels, girder sea open bridges, float berths, railway, tramway, stadiums, hospitals, tower buildings, underpass fly over roads, etc.) and infrastructure management and dispensing product systems respectively. Jammeh participated in the building process of the Local Government Act of 2002; Local Government Finance Audit Act 2004 and the Constitution of the Gambia 2020.

In recognition of his professional career, he gained admission as a registered member of the International Federation of Housing and Planning (IFHP) and attended the IFHP’s eventual conference worldwide and the Commonwealth Local Governance conference in Aberdeen-Scotland-U.K.

Prior to his retirement from the civil service, Jammeh served in various challenging position namely:- electoral officer (surveyor trainee); central statistics (agriculture sample surveyor- forecast / tabulation); management service Gambia (as head draughtsman for urban/rural water and electricity extension network designs); Department of community development (as senior community development assistant responsible for project supervision and lecturer at the Rural Development Institute (in Mansakonko); Agro Industrial Construction Company (as supervisor and designer; King Fahad Mosque; AirField Lighting Runway and Control Tower);  Construction of Palma Rima Hotel ); and Development and Chief Executive Officer (Work Supervisor / Spending Officer).

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