By Awa Gassama
Hon. Abdoulie Njai, National Assembly Member for Banjul Central constituency, recently inaugurated the first-ever constituency office in Banjul central, at No. 9 Independence Drive opposite Edward Francis Small Teaching hospital.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, Hon. Abdoulie Njai Njai said the office is meant to strengthen and ease the interface with people through the community secretariat, where they can hear their concerns, constraints, queries, and any community or country-related issues and to collectively seek ways to remedy all refer issues.
He also said the constituency office will help to keep up smooth correspondence through the office as well foster accountability.
He expressed gratitude to the skilled youngsters who built the constituency office and proudly acknowledged that they all reside within his constituency and pride that they showcased their talent within his constituency.
“I renewed my commitment to support young people in the attainment of skill building and do my quota in promoting a conducive atmosphere for the facilitation and creation of job opportunities,” he said.
Hon. Njai emphasized his open door policy in working with all relevant stakeholders regardless of orientations or party lines towards archiving collective goals.
Hon. Njai started the project four months after being elected and has contributed more than 15% through his contribution to the total project budget, while the CDF contributed 85% of the project.
Hon. Modou Biram Bah, National Assembly Member of Banjul North constituency commended Hon. Njai for his hard work which he said has led to the building of a constituency office at Banjul Central.
“This is a victory for all of us as parliamentarians, because we both made our promises together, adding this manifest that we are taking Banjul to the next level.”
However, Ousman Tafsir Demba Technical adviser and social worker added that it is about time to enlighten the Gambians to be able to differentiate the job of National Assembly members (NAM) and the job of the councilors.
“All Gambians should know that parliamentarians are responsible for law-making while the councilors are responsible for deliberation,” he noted.