By Lamin Njie
Assistant Information Officer
Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure
Following the fire outbreak that burned down the Basse market in February, 2020, a colossal amount of 72, 605, 632 dalasis is set aside for the reconstruction of the said market, anytime soon.
Two construction companies, Gigo construction and Gai enterprise were awarded by Gamworks to rebuild the said market.
Some of the remaining parts of the burned market
Speaking at the handing over of the project to the contractors in Basse, on Thursday 24th, 2020, Essa Conteh, Deputy Governor of the region told the people Basse to take ownership of the market once constructed works are completed.
Governor Conteh further told them to unite and coordinate among themselves in order to see a successful implementation of this all-important project in their region.
For the contractors, the Governor called on them to do a good work for the people of Basse. “Give us the best. We want a standard market as you know Basse is the second capital of The Gambia,” he said.
He described the reconstruction of the market as timely, saying, it will increase the volume of trade in the area and beyond.
For his part, Sailou Bah, Alkalo of Basse, recalled that the day the market got burned, they the people of Basse were crying.
Therefore, he said rebuilding the market again is another milestone for the people of Basse, especially the traders.
“We will never play with this market, no matter what the distractors are doing. This market is a historical market and we will cherish it until the end of time,” he told the gathering.
Foday Danjo, Chairman, Basse Area Council, commended the people of Basse for standing with his council during those difficult moments.
He said the rebuilding of the Basse market would once again boosts the revenue of the council, which in turn, will trickling down to the people in terms of development and other social amenities.
He also called on the two contractors to do a good job for the council and deliver on time as expected.