President Adama Barrow yesterday visited the construction site of the International Conference Centre in Bijilo, where he was assured by project officials that the ongoing construction works will be completed by September.
According to a press release from the presidency, the president was informed by the officials during a comprehensive presentation that 75% of the work has already been completed.
“Additionally, he was briefed that the main structure has been entirely constructed, while the remaining work such as the AC ducting, plumbing work as well as the frame work of the curtain wall are more than 75% done.”
Other aspects of the briefing highlighted the composition of workers, 1,300 of which were reported to have been Gambians; safety and precautionary measures; and the level of cooperation between the Chinese and Gambian workers on site.
Following the inspection tour, accompanied by the Ambassador of China and Minister of Works, Transport, and Infrastructure, President Barrow expressed his satisfaction with the progress of the construction, adding that “it is a big relief” for his government.
He said the project is “a landmark achievement” for The Gambia, and the fact that China is spearheading it will further cement the already existing strong bilateral relations.