Gambia: Weekend Bombshell: GPA Management Pulls The Trigger At The State House GPA Multi million Dollar Port Expansion Backroom Deal Project With A Chinese Construction Company; As Port Management Seeks Clarification!

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The Management of the Gambia Ports Authority has written to the Permanent Secretary of  Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure, seeking clarification from the Ministry over the recent Executive Directive from the State House for the GPA to start initiating negotiations with the China Bridge and Road Construction Company, which was unilaterally recommended by the Barrow State House to be awarded with the multi million dollar Banjul Port Expansion project contract without any formal tender, the Freedom Newspaper can authoritatively report. In a letter dated 17th August 2017, RE: EXPANSION OF THE PORT OF BANJUL,” the GPA management said “ In light of the above, we kindly solicit clarification from your good office as to the legally registered company identified by Government of The Gambia to proceed with the negotiation process for an EPC Agreement with GPA.”

On August 14th, 2017, the GPA management had a meeting at its boardroom in Banjul, with other stakeholders, where concerns were raised during the negotiation meeting “on the actual registered company”— the China Bridge and Road Construction Company. The China Bridge and Road Corporation represented the company at the GPA meeting and not the China Bridge and Road Construction Company, as decreed by the State House.

“You may recall that your letter reference, TRC/ CON/257/267/PART 02/ (13), dated 8th August 2017 with attached letter from the office of the President reference, OP 324 /36/ 01/ PART 111/ (73) dated 03 August 2017 both mentioned that GPA should initiate an EPC agreement with China Bridge and Road Construction. However, the documents we received later, forming part of the said negotiation meeting were from the China Bridge and Road Corporation and therefore they were the ones represented at the meeting on August 14th 2017,” said the GPA letter. 

The Banjul port expansion project is going to cost government over $ 100 million United States dollars. It is a loan to be funded by one of Gambia’s financial lenders.

Whistleblowers in the Barrow government said the presidential directive to impose the China Bridge and Road Construction Company to the GPA management without any formal tender for the project amounts to official corruption. They said some backroom deals were held at the State House, prior to President Barrow through his Secretary General Dawda Fadera, compelling the GPA and the Works Ministry to begin negotiations with the Chinese company for the commencement of the port expansion project.

“Dear Pa, thank you for your story on the Gambia Ports Authority.Please find attached another breaking story on the Chinese company that is buying its way to get the Banjul Port project.We did not end dictatorship to have more corruption and mismanagement under the barrow administration. All these major projects should go through tenders so that we can be assured of the quality of the contractor. The Port of Banjul is the lifeline of our country if the Chinese get this project this will be the beginning of the end for Gambia,” an email from Gambian whistleblowers calling themselves “Economic Freedom Gambia” stated. 

Below is a correspondence we received from the government whistleblowers.

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Dear Pa,

Thank you for your story on the Gambia Ports Authority.

Please find attached another breaking story on the Chinese company that is buying its way to get the Banjul Port project.

We did not end dictatorship to have more corruption and mismanagement under the barrow administration.

All these major projects should go through tenders so that we can be assured of the quality of the contractor.

The Port of Banjul is the lifeline of our country if the Chinese get this project this will be the beginning of the end for Gambia.

Regards,

Economic Freedom Gambia

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RE: EXPANSION OF THE PORT OF BANJUL

Your esteemed office is hereby informed that during the first stakeholders meeting held on 14th August at the GPA’s boardroom on the above-mentioned subject, concern was raised on the actual registered company on the negotiation meeting.

You may recall that your letter reference, TRC/ CON/257/267/PART 02/ (13), dated 8th August 2017 with attached letter from the office of the President reference, OP 324 /36/ 01/ PART 111/ (73) dated 03 August 2017 both mentioned that GPA should initiate an EPC agreement with China Bridge and Road Construction. However, the documents we received later, forming part of the said negotiation meeting were from the China Bridge and Road Corporation and therefore they were the ones represented at the meeting on August 14th 2017.   

In light of the above, we kindly solicit clarification from your good office as to the legally registered company identified by Government of The Gambia to proceed with the negotiation process for an EPC Agreement with GPA.

We thank you for your usual co-operation and support.

Yours Faithfully

For Managing Director.

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