By Sailu Bah
Development Oriented Citizens of Banjul on Sunday 17 May 2015, held
their second annual general meeting in the Banjul City Council
In his introductory remarks, Omar T.D. Ndow, Member of the Advisory
Board and chairperson of the session, said the organisation which was
established in April 2013 and is not affiliated to any political
party. He said it is a registered community based organization (CBO)
with the aim of engaging on cleansing exercises to keep the
environment clean and healthy for the people of Banjul, amongst other
“DOC Banjul is initiated by oriented citizens of Banjul who came
together and formed this organization. This organization is open to
everyone residing in the city,” he said.
Dawda Jangum, the Chairman of DOC, after welcoming the members, said
the purpose of the meeting is for the Executive to present to the
general membership their activity and financial reports and for the
latter to discuss and make recommendations.
He said they are now registered with the Attorney General Chambers
with the Ministry of Justice as a non profit community based
Mr. Jangum cited some of the constraints being faced by the
organization since its establishment, amongst which, he said, is lack
of commitment of members of the executive which is really affecting
their work. Another constraint, he added, is lacklustre response of
the Banjul community to their activities.
“During our activities, such as ward to ward cleansing exercise, most
of the residents living within that area would not come out to at
least participate, including the ward councillors,” he noted.
He said they are also collaborating with the National Environment
Agency but highlighted that they lack materials to do
The DOC Chairperson called on the people to be positively responding to
their activities as they are doing it for the interest of Banjul.
Mr Jangum said they have been allocated an office by the Banjul City
Council at Lasso Wharf in Banjul.
Haddy Corr, the Vice Chairperson of the organisation, for her part, thanked
the partners for their support.
The other speakers included Alh. Sulayman Njie, senior adviser, Pa
Momodou A. Cham, Mbuguma Jeng, a co-opted member and Ya Fatou Darboe,