President to lay foundation stone for five-star hotel on disputed land

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By Nelson Manneh and Makutu Manneh

President Adama Barrow will proceed with the laying of the foundation stone for the construction of the five-star Radisson Blu Banjul Hotel on 23rd July 2022, a press release from OIC has revealed.

According to the release, the construction of a five-star hotel is one of the key priority projects in preparation for the forthcoming OIC Heads of State and Governments Summit in The Gambia.

The release further states: “Radisson Blu Banjul is established under a new company called IMMOGAM Hotels and Resorts, which is jointly owned by the people of The Gambia, through the government, and the concessionaire, Immoland Sarl.

“The cost of the project is $100 million. The luxury hotel will have 400 high-end rooms alongside 60 presidential and royal suites.

“The five-star hotel will ensure the guests receive a befitting accommodation experience. Additionally, it will diversify our tourism portfolio by providing luxurious accommodation facilities for high-end tourists.”

The land on which the foundation stone is to be laid has be determined by a court to be the property of Global HOMM whose country director, Neneh Freda Gomez has told Foroyaa that since the court declared them to be the owners of the property the lease has not been revoked by the state.

“In 2020, we received a letter from the ministry of lands indicating that our property in Bijilo has been revoked. We took the matter to court and won the case. The ministry of justice then wrote to the registrar indicating that our lease should be given back to us,” she said