EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: The Management of Gambia Ports Authority has denied that its financing of police projects is not conditioned by the office of the president.
A leaked letter from the parastatal showed commitment of over seven hundred thousand dalasi for construction of a police station at Mankamang Kunda, the home of President Adama Barrow in the Upper River Region.
This generated public debate on social media over the preference of such an institution to health and education or other social needs in the country.
The Managing Director of Gambia Ports Authority, Ousman M Jobarteh said in a media release that his authority considered the financing of the construction of three police stations in response to a request by the Inspector General of Police.
The stations project in Bakadaji, Mankamangkunda and Fatoto, all in the Upper River Region, he said falls “under [GPA] CSR along the lines of similar interventions in the health, education, agriculture, sports and other sectors”.
“The request for the financing of these projects did not ensue from directives issued by the Office of the President.”
In his explanation, the design, tender and supervision was contracted to GAMWORKS under a Delegated Management Contract (DMC) and the construction works were awarded to the 3 most responsive local firms that submitted bids.
“Appropriate governance procedures were followed at the level of the Ministry of Finance and the GPA Board of Directors and decision was obtained for the relevant payments to be offset against the liability that the GPA owes to Government.”