Machines tear down old airport building as work starts ahead of OIC summit

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By Dawda Baldeh

As part of the country’s preparation in hosting the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 2022, the project work has begun at the Banjul International Airport for the construction of a nine million dollars new presidential lounge to be built by AREZKI.

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During last Friday’s demolition exercise of the old airport, Aymen Marsaoui, the contactor of the Presidential Lounge project promised that the construction can to be done on time.

“I will make sure that the contract is done on time,” Aymen Marsaoui said. “The new building will be different from the old presidential lounge. It will be in accordance with modern technology. The quality and convenience is up to standard. If you are inside, you will not hear the noise that is coming from outside.”

Kabirou Jammeh the Project Manager for the construction of the New Presidential Lounge at the Banjul International Airport said the presidential lounge will be built in accordance with modern technology. He said the project cost of the 9 million dollar for the building and it is expected to be completed in 12 to 14 months.

“This new presidential lounge will be in accordance with modern technology,” Kabirou Jammeh said. The project manager at the airport said he is optimistic that the contractor can meet the stipulated time.

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Nfally Fadera Head of Brand and Communication OIC Gambia Secretariat revealed government is committed to the OIC project.

“The presidential lounge will be the first welcoming place were the guest coming to attend the summit,” Fadera said. “We want to make sure that Gambia is rank as the best country for hosting international summits.” Fadera also stated that the benefits of the summit are huge.

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