DIALOGUE – THE ONLY WAY OUT FOR BRIKAMA AREA COUNCIL AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

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The Government of The Gambia has authority over the entire nation and is guided in its actions by the Constitution and laws of The Gambia. The Brikama Area Council is a local government authority for the West Coast Region guided by the Constitution, the Local Government Act and other laws of The Gambia.

The two are supposed to provide services to meet the needs and aspirations of the people and if they are serious about solving the problems of the people, they should complement each other and not undermine each other, irrespective of their political differences. Once public office is occupied, the interest of the people should reign supreme.

The central government should take note of the following constitutional provisions:

Section 193: “Local government administration in The Gambia shall be based on a system of democratically elected councils with a high degree of local autonomy.”

Section 214: “The State shall be guided by the principles of decentralisation and devolution of governmental functions and powers to the people at appropriate levels of control to facilitate democratic governance.”

The council should recognise the authority of the National Roads Authority and be ready to engage in dialogue and avoid political bickering in resolving issues.