EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Pan African Real Estate Development Company; TAF Africa Global, over the weekend held a pre-lunch briefing on its famous Dalaba Estate, along the Jabang highway in Kombo South. The pre-launch began with a press conference where journalist had the opportunity to engage the company executive on crucial matters.
In a move to create a global identity for the company, The Gambian owned Real Estate developer has recently registered and operating in several West African countries with its most active operation in Nigeria, where it is now a household name with series of projects currently underway there.
During the briefing, it has been made known that the company has several other projects and events that are on the pipeline such as the four new affordable housing estates, Tafcon networking event and the TAF pitching contest among others.
Chief executive officer Mustapha Njie said in a bid to address the current land crises in The Gambia, his company has solely recommended and hired a consultant for the government to efficiently address the matter, calling on the government to take up its responsibilities in settling such issues.
“We are aware of the growing number of real estates and land crises in this country. But as a company, we took it upon ourselves to hire a consultant for the government who will offer them consultancy services in matters relating land.”
Mr Njie also expressed disappointment in the move to turn GTTI into a university. For him, GTTI is one of the longest serving technical and vocational training institutions in the country, saying the government should have worked on improving its standard instead of turning it into a university, a move he described as an encouragement for more paper graduates.
“In my opinion, GTTI should have been maintained for the technical school. It should be reformation and adjustment rather than turning it into a university. I think this will only give us more paper graduates, people who will graduate with good papers but when you take them to the field they can’t deliver.”
He however commended Gai Construction Company for what he called its good implementation of the Banjul Rehabilitation project, courtesy of the National Development plan. He emphasized the need to support Gambian owned companies, saying it is the only way to take the country to another level.
TAF Africa Global is also engaged in social cooperate activities. Part of its’ cooperate responsibilities is the Tafcon foundation that bring together over 1000 participants to a conference each year, a pitching contest that awards over 4 million dalasis to winners and the TAF leadership academy that groom young people and provide them with mentors who help them in shaping their careers.
Story written by Fatou Jarju