By Tabora Bojang
Respected veteran hotelier Bunama Njie, general manager of the renown Senegambia Beach Hotel, has confirmed he is moving to take up a new job at the new Bakadaji hotel where he is one of the partners.
Mr Njie, who joined Senegambia in 2001 and rose through the ranks before becoming its general manager in 2010, said he decided to step down when his current contract ends on January 31.
“I have not resigned as it has been speculated. It is just a simple case of my contract expiring on January 31 and I will not renew it for the simple reason that I am moving to my own property. I am now going to take up responsibility as managing director and partner at the new Bakadaji hotel,” Njie said.
However, Njie’s departure comes at a difficult time for Senegambia, which has, like other hotels, temporarily laid off two thirds of its employees as the country’s hotels struggle throughout the pandemic amid lower levels of occupancy and bookings.
Njie said he is thankful to the owners of Senegambia, saying his 20 years’ service there has immensely contributed to the development of his career.
“I am very much thankful to the owners for the 20 years that we have been together. I am moving to my own property,” Njie added.