By Landing Ceesay
The Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) passed four hundred and thirty-eight million dalasi (D438 million) for the financing of its activities next year (2023).
“The budget which was passed is meant to ensure quality of life developments in all areas including security, waste management, social services but with major emphasis on infrastructure development,” KMC said in a statement earlier on Saturday.
The budget caters for road construction in the Municipality, Kanifing Environmental Transformation Programme project, and Municipal bus service, among others.
D40 million, annually, amounting to D200 million for 5 years, has been allocated for the Kanifing Municipal Road Network Project, including the development of 38 kilometers of road encompassing every ward in Kanifing Municipality.
The Kanifing Environmental Transformation Program (KETP) and Slum Development Project (PSUP) KMC were allocated D71 million for 2022, involving D190 million from 2022 to 2024; which include the development of 10 community transfer stations, 7 community parks, skip trucks and bins, waste collection tricycles, and market infrastructure for Ebo Town.
KMC also budgeted D10 million annually and D50 million for 5 years on service vehicles, the procurement of 16 service vehicles, including Septic emptiers, service emptiers, waste compactor trucks, and service pickups.
The council has also budgeted a D10 million annual subsidy for Kanifing Municipal Transport (KMT) worth over D50 million for 5 years.
The Council said KMT would provide a Municipal bus service providing up to 50 buses in the 5 years, with 20 plus routes and that the total project investment is 250 Million.
KMC said it has further budgeted
D10 million annual subsidy for the Kanifing Municipal Markets (KMM) worth over D50 million for 5 years, has also been budgeted by the council.
The Council stated that KMM would provide 7 Municipal markets in Fajikunda, Abuko, Bundung Jola Kunda, Serekunda Mbari Pa Dembo, Serekunda Tipper Garage, Fajara fruit Market, Bakau and that the total project investment is D280 million.