Mohan Dass Saini, the chief executive of Shappoorji Palllonji has confirmed on Friday that his company secured a $53.6 million (D2.24 billion) contract for the construction of the University of The Gambia campus in Faraba Bantang, Kombo East.
Higher Education Minister Abubakar Senghore said the campus is expected to house about 6,000 students and its completion will mark the expansion of the university’s academics to include more post graduate and research programs.
Mr. Saini assured that the construction of the campus will be completed as scheduled.
Shappoorji Palllonji company constructed The Gambia’s parliamentary building, according to sources.
The company also has interest in real estate, textile, engineering goods, home appliances, shipping, publications, power, and biotechnology. The company has about 60,000 employees and its revenue in 2016 stood at US$4.2 billion.
The Gambia’s president has promised free university education by 2018. The university in affiliated to St. Mary’s College and St. Mary’s University. Students are currently taking classes at the Management Development Institute and at The Gambia College in Brikama.