By Lamin Cham
The first elected woman Mayor of Banjul, Rohey Malick Lowe, has said Banjul City Council will never again be an extended wing of any political party but one that belongs to the people of Banjul irrespective of political affiliation or ideology.
Speaking as she took office yesterday at a glamorous ceremony at the Atlantic Hotel, Lowe promised to work hard to bring back hope where there has been hopelessness and faith where there has been doubt.
“It is also without doubt that our beloved city requires urgent and frank discussions as regarding her development needs in the areas of infrastructure, women and youth empowerment,” she said.
Having just taken a solemn oath during this holy month of Ramadan, please be assured that with Allah’s richest blessing, I intend to contribute towards the advancement of this city, she said.
Mayor Lowe invited her former opponents to come forward and contribute their ideas for the common good of the city.
While thanking the United Democratic Party, UDP, for the opportunity given to her to lead them in the elections, Mayor Lowe said she will however be mayor for all.
She said at the earliest opportunity, she will liaise with the Central Government and advocate for more autonomy and resources so that BCC can perform effectively as a council.
“At present, our revenue collection needs to be revisited as we are currently in ‘conflict’ as to who collects what. These are certainly one of the many areas which require clarification and likewise negotiation with central government,” she said.
The occasion was attended by the outgoing mayor, prominent citizens of Banjul and senior government officials.