OIC Gambia Secretariat this week held a kick-off meeting and site visit for officials of Immoland Sarl – the concessionaire partnering with the government to implement the Five-star Hotel Project in preparation for the OIC Heads of State and Government Summit next year.
The team was led by the Chairman and CEO of Immoland Sarl, Mr. Abdoulie Thiam, and other members included technicians from the engineering firms involved in the project.
The architects and engineers, numbering seventeen (17), come from South Africa and Turkey to inspect the site and carry out preliminary works ahead of construction.
The engagement began with a kick-off meeting at the Secretariat, where the Chief Executive Officer of The Gambia OIC Secretariat, Yankuba Dibba expressed delight that the project is advancing into implementation. He added that having a franchised luxury hotel of the globally renowned brand Radisson Blu would add a significant dimension to the country’s tourism portfolio.
Chairman Abdoulie Thiam reiterated his ‘’100% commitment to the timely execution of the project’’. Being born in Banjul to a Gambian mother and Senegalese father, Mr. Thiam indicated that he has a personal motivation to see the project come to fruition.
Chairman Thiam disclosed that the concept and the architectural drawings are finalized.
Mr. Andrew Stockil, Founder and Director of Nuvo Consulting, the consultant for the 5-star hotel project said they were very much excited upon receiving the project concept from the CEO of Immo Land Sarl construction company.
“We are all excited to produce a product for the OIC, Chairman Immorland, for the edifice to run for many years, and for it to benefit Gambian people,” he said.
Meanwhile, R. Tolga Baburoglu, Deputy Chairman, ERSA Construction Company said they are so privileged and honored to be given this opportunity as a construction team and a consultancy team.
“We have come here with the best of the best from South Africa, who have given their sweat in Africa doing many hospitality projects… As a team, we have built over 100 hotels in the world, partly we own. Therefore we believe that we would give the best quality and the best time under the Raddison group,” he said.
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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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