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Gambia: Assembly Complex to Be Handed Over End of Year in Gambia

2013/09/01

Contractors of the US$27M new National Assembly complex that is currently at an advanced stage of construction have disclosed to the Daily Observer that the high-tech Legislative home will be handed over to the government of the Republic of The Gambia by the end of the year.

The pledge was made Tuesday during a visit to the construction site by the minister of Transport, Works, Infrastructure and National Assembly Matters, Balla Garba Jahumpa.

The government of The Gambia, it would be recalled, had on 26th July 2010 awarded a arrangement for the construction of the new Assembly building to an Indian company called Shapoorji Pallonji Company Limited, with Stup Consultants Private Company Limited being responsible for the design and supervision of the project.

The second phase of the project commenced in January 2013, covering the works of the internal and external site development. The third phase of the project will cover the finishing of the building.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily Observer in a little while next the inspection of the works, Minister Jahumpa said he is "highly impressed" with the work going on at the magnificent building, observing that the structures are "of quality and standard".

The minister said democracy should be linked with development, adding that President Jammeh has registered significant developments in the country since the advent of the July 22nd Revolution. He thanked the Gambian leader for being the initiator of the new National Assembly building project. The minister further remarked that the Jammeh-led government has brought development to the doorstep of Gambians, something he said the colonial masters had failed to achieve. He as well thanked the workers at the construction site for their commitment and dedication towards work.

The project manager, Bhupinder Jit Singh of the Stup Consultants Private Company Limited, disclosed that the building is expected to be handed over to government at the end of the year. He confirmed that the all of money involved in the project is US$27M. He explained that the complex would have three floors, inclunding the ground floor, which is mainly for offices. He further explained that the initial floor would be National Assembly hall, whilst the second floor will comprise of a gallery for visitors, auditorium, dining hall, library, washing hand kitchen and a landscape. The project manager as well thanked President Jammeh for his support towards the project

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