Pa Sallah Jeng, a former mayor of the city of Banjul, has yesterday officially declared his intention to rejoin the race for the office he occupied back in 2002.
Speaking at a press conference at his at his family house in Banjul, Pa Sallah as he is widely known, said he will make Banjul great again in response to the calls and desires of thousands of Banjulians. “I feel humble to answer to the call of my people and see it as an obligation to be of service to them when they need me,” he said. “Banjul has lost its image and dignity over the years, but I want to assure you that, God willing, we will make the city great again,” he said. He said there are plans on the ground not only to restore Banjul to its glory days but to ensure that there is sustainability.
On his priority areas, Mr Jeng, quoted by the Standard said the issue of waste management would be his number one priority as well as to expand the Gambia Ports Authority, but he stressed that most of the institutions operating in Banjul, GPA included, are paying very little revenue to the council
He said though the city is not blessed with enough resources, he is optimistic that there are possibilities to revive the status of the city under his tenure as Mayor. He said challenges faced by the councils over the years were compounded by the lack of support from the Central Government.
Jeng who has been living in exile in the United States since 2007 said he is happy to be back home and once elected, he will continue the job from where he left it many years ago.