EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Staff of Banjul Breweries Ltd have bade farewell to their outgoing Managing Director Eric Gilson and welcome Emmanuel Medard as the new boss.
A farewell and welcoming reception was organise for the two officials at the bottler’s main office in Kanifing.
Speaking at the gathering Mr Medard assured the staff that his door will always be open to them for positive and corporate opinions. He expressed gratitude to the former Managing Director for his achievements since 2014.
Mr Medard assured staff that he will facilitate teamwork to ensure the growth of the company.
Alagie Ceesay, president of the union applauded and commend the company’s outgoing boss for the achievement he made during the past five years. “We have faced challenges beyond our control and under Gilson’s leadership, we were able to conquer almost all of them,” he said.
Mr Ceesay said Gilson never humiliated them anytime they presented their problems to him, and he fulfils every promise he made to staff.
Fatou Sinyan Mergan, secretary General of the company gave a rundown of Mr Gilson’s achievements said staff and wholesalers have all mutually benefited from his leadership.
“During his tenure, the company’s turnover increased from 323 million dalasi in 2014 to 436 million dalasi in 2018. The net profit also increased significantly from a loss of 43 million dalasi in 2014 to a record net profit of 83 million dalasi in 2018,” she said.
Mrs Mergan said they have also witnessed lot of investment in the form of capital projects both in the factory and in other areas of the brewery.
She said during his tenure, former boss Gilson have come up with lot of opportunities for wholesalers. “During his tenure, he came up with lot of opportunities geared towards helping our wholesalers to grow their business. The list is endless and I am sure the wholesalers will agree with me on that,” she said.
Mrs Mergan said the staff were not left behind, saying together as a team, they have achieved a lot.
She also praised former boss Gilson’s leadership, saying that during his tenure, he approved the promotion of 32 staff to various higher positions and appointment of 19 casual workers as permanent staff.
Story written by Binta Badjie