The D86M Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation housing project in Kanilai is complete. Officials of the company were at the Office of the Vice President on Tuesday to officially hand over keys of what its Deputy Managing Director, Saibatou Faal said are two storey buildings and 21 Bungalows of the first phase of the Sulayman Junkung Jammeh Housing Estate.
Deputy Managing Director Saibatou Faal walked into the office of the Vice President late Tuesday afternoon to hand deliver keys to the houses standing beautifully at the outskirts of President Jammeh's home village of Kanilai. The Sulayman Junkung Jammeh Housing Estate as it has come to be known, he was to tell the Vice President who stood in for President Jammeh, is completed. Construction at the site began in 2008 when Faal was out of the country, but it goes without saying that he appreciates the fact that it was not a disappointment. 'We take pleasure in being part of this project', he told the Vice President and after giving a background history of the project, Faal hands over keys to the two-3floor storey buildings and 21-3bedroom bungalows. When asked what this means when the project is technically incomplete, Faal said, it means that the management of the first phase of the houses completed is now officially under government.
The Vice President, Her Excellency Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy thanked the SSHFC profoundly for coaching the project to finish as well as the beneficiaries i.e. customers of the corporate body for being loyal to its services.
"This is the reason why SSHFC was set up in the first place", Vice President Njie-Saidy stated before continuing......
"To provide social security and housing facilities for Gambians. And today by decentralizing you can help the realization of the President's dream for a city state".
Towards the end of her statement she indicated that it was her pleasure to have received on behalf of President Jammeh keys to the Kanilai Housing Project.
Earlier the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, Harry Sambou, said it was important to note that the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC) is getting out of its way to end the acute shortage of housing in The Gambia. With regards to the project in Kanilai, he said, the President's birthplace is no longer the village it once was and that the project has come to join series of others flourishing in the village, ranging from health, education and hospitality.
The chairman of the Law Reform Commission at the Ministry of Justice, Dr. Henry Carrol also said that the project is 'commendable', and speaks volume of the SSHFC's desire to provide shelter to the underprivileged.... 'You are a pacesetter', Dr. Carrol told the delegation.
Author: Alh. Abdou Njie
Press Officer State House