Mayor Bah launches PSUP UN-HABITAT Phase-2 in Banjul
The mayor of Banjul, Abdoulie Bah on Monday launched the participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) UN-HABITAT, at the Banjul City Council Chambers.
The phase 2 -UN HABlTAT will be piloted in Banjul, Kanifing Municipality and Brikama Area Council.
Speaking at the regional launching in Banjul, Mayor Bah stated that the project is for the betterment of urban dwellers and Gambians at large. He said the PSUP is meant to positively contribute to the Millennium Development Goal-7 and to the urban poverty alleviation.
He pointed out that meeting the MDGs in urban areas embraces urbanisation and understanding of the need for physical/social/financing and development of urban areas. According to him, to address such issues calls for increased employment, job opportunities, legal and institutional framework; and equity in socio-economic development.
Mayor Bah noted that capacity-building is critical for sustainable development and national ownership. He added that the action planning and programme development of the PSUP project consists of five output areas, which include situational analysis, desk review of policies, city-wide approach, resource mobilisation strategy and concept note development.
The mayor of Banjul disclosed that The Gambia has emerged to be one of the best performing countries for implementing the PSUP programmes, adding that this was revealed by the UN-HABITAT, EU and ACP Secretariat joint regional meeting, held in Mauritius in 2012.He assured the UN-HABITAT of his council’s support towards the implementation of the PSUP phase-2 programme.
Juldeh Ceesay, the deputy permanent secretary for Programmes at the Ministry of Finance, thanked the UN- HABITAT for their support towards The Gambia. She stated that The Gambia would work tirelessly for the successful implementation of the PSUP project.
The deputy permanent secretary for Administration and Finance at the Ministry of Lands and Regional Government Bulli Dibba also expressed similar sentiments.
Katim Touray, BCC’s focal person in the National Steering Committee also presented a paper at the occasion.