JAMMEH PAYS ON THE SPOT VISIT TO YUNDUM ARMY BARRACKS
15th December 2003:
The President of the Republic and Commander-In-Chief
of the Armed Forces Alhaji Dr. Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh has vowed to
make The Gambia National Army one of the best armies in West Africa.
President Jammeh was speaking on Monday, when he
paid a surprise visit to the Army Barracks at Yundum. The President
went on a conducted tour of the barracks to see for himself the
state of the New Barracks Project which had been contracted to the
Sahel Industries Group.
The Commander-In-Chief also visited the dilapidated
and abandoned structures in the camp and promised to refurbish them
with a view to raising the standards and improving facilities for
Gambian soldiers. He, however, lamented over the deplorable condition
of the barracks saying he was "very disappointed" with
what he has seen.
President Jammeh recalled that during the transition
period, a large number of construction and business contractors
were encouraged most of whom have fallen along the way side and
thereby disappointing the government.
TAF Holding and Construction Company has been identified
by President Jammeh to carry out the finishing works of the new
barracks project and also to come up for the refurbishment of the
The Chief Executive of TAF Holding Company Mr. Mustapha
Njie disclosed that his company will start work in the camp as from
mid-January through June 2004.