Story written by Juldeh Njie
EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: President Adama Barrow, Wednesday morning made a surprise visit to the construction site of a 35.5 million dollars –over 1 billion dalasi- rehabilitation project of Gambia’s capital, Banjul, on Thursday.
Mr Barrow observed the construction progress of the project meant to rehabilitate the road and drainage system of the city. The project which was launched in February is meant to facelift Banjul to address flood and sanitary disaster especially during the rainy season. Implementation is scheduled to take 3 years.
“Banjul is our capital city. We have nowhere more important than Banjul as far as Gambia is concern. We cannot be doing the rush in piecemeal just as the way they were doing it. That is why we took a bold decision. It was very difficult and lot of noise and debate were made on social media but that is the goodness of democracy. It is very healthy but at the end of the day, I think we have all agreed that Banjul is the priority,” he said.
Since the launch of the project, it witnessed huge public outcry, with many people describing it as a misplace priority by the Barrow government. The project components comprise of a 37km road, sewage and the drainage system which Mr Barrow considered as a fulfilment of a promise he made during one of his tour of the city.
Mr Barrow also appealed to Gambians to unite and be in support of the project, saying Banjul is the capital city that deserves attention. “The best thing is let us support this project whether you are a Banjulian; whether you live somewhere else; whether you are an opposition or whether you are in government or not.”
The head of state called on Gambians, particularly the opposition to come together and join hand with the government in the development interest of the country, saying it is only unity that can bring progress in developing the country.