OJ catalogues Jawara PPP Government 30 years accomplishments

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia; One of the fallen Gambian first President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara’s must trusted ministers during his tenure have been cataloging a list of achievements their People’s Progressive Party  (PPP) government accomplished in a period of 30 years.
Omar Amadou Jallow –OJ- was the PPP government agriculture minister under Sir Dawda Jawara, when the then army captain Yahya Jammeh effected the coup d’état that saw him seize power in 1994. Throughout Jammeh’s time in power, Jallow was arrested on 22 separate occasions. He was tortured on four occasions. On the day of Adama Barrow’s inauguration in February 2017, Jallow told Reuters “Today, I have been vindicated.”
Gambia is mourning the death of Sir Dawda who passed away on Tuesday, at age 95.  The government declared a three-day of national mourning and the lowering of the national flag at half-mast. The former statesman led the country from independence in 1965 to 1994, when he was ousted by Yahya Jammeh.
He had served the country as Prime Minister from 1962 to 1970 under British colonial rule, before becoming president. He is expected to be accorded a state burial.
Mr. Jallow wrote on the PPP facebook page that he is forced by historic circumstances to come up with the write-up to put the record straight for the benefit of all, particularly the younger Gambians. “During the 30 years of PPP rule, 1965-1994, they have established and constructed under “Acts of Parliament” and assistance from donor countries many public offices and public buildings in and around The Gambia which are herewith listed under the two headings namely-all of there were for the benefit of the people of the Gambia.”
Public Offices Established by the PPP from 1965-1994
1. Central Bank of The Gambia

  1. Gambia Commercial and Development Bank
  2. Gambia Port Authority
  3. Gambia Public Transportation Corporation
  4. Gambia Ferry Services
  5. Gambia National Trading Corporation
  6. Gambia Civil Aviation
  8. Animal Health and Production Unit
  9. International Tryphano-Tolerant Center
  10. Radio Gambia
  11. Seven Division Districts Area Councils
  12. Livestock Marketing Board
  13. Gambia National Army
  14. Gambia Law Reform Commission
  15. Gambia National Arts and Culture Center
  16. Gambia Technical Training Institute
  17. National Insurance Company
  18. Gambia Agricultural and Development Bank
  19. G.P.M.B-Cotton Gingery –Basse
  20. Social Security Housing and Finance Corporation
  21. President Office and Line of Ministries Offices
  22. Management Development Institute
  23. Gambia Telecommunication Company (Gamtel)
  24. Maintenance Service Agency (MSA) Kotu
  25. Gamworks
  26. Children’s Village—Bakoteh (SOS)
  27. All Government Departments
  28. All Government Ministries
  29. Jahaly Pacher
  30. Rice Development Projects
  31. Small Scale Development Projects
  32. Low Land Development Projects
  33. Forty Sales in the Gambia
  34. Albert Market, Banjul
  35. Central Abattoir Abuko

Public Service and Office Buildings Constructed by the PPP from 1965-1994
1.  Gambia Central Bank HQ/Office Buildings

  1. Gambia Commercial and Development Bank HQ/Office Buildings
  2. Gambia Produce-Marketing Board (Constructed 7 Provincial Depots)
  3. Gambia Port Authority HQ/Office Buildings and Harbor
  4. Gambia Public Transportation Corporation HQ/Office Buildings and Depots
  5. Office of the President, Quadrangle, Banjul
  6. Denton Bridge and Oyster Greek Bridge
  7. Brumen Bridge
  8. Supreme Courts HQ/Office Buildings
  9. Attorney Generals’ Chambers
  10. Gambia Police Force HQ/Quarters
  11. Banjul Police Barracks—New Lines
  12. Gambia Post Office HQ
  13. Yundum International Airport Complex
  14. Banjul/Barra Ferry Terminal
  15. Banjul Sewerage System
  16. Banjul Public Latrines
  17. MacCarthy Squire Stadium
  18. Royal Victoria Hospital (R.V.H) Children’s Wing
  19. Gambia School of Nursing
  20. Social Welfare HQ/Office Buildings
  21. National Independence Stadium, Bakau
  22. Kotu Power Plant
  23. I.T.C Complex—Sololo (C.R.D) Kerr Serign (KMC)
  24. Education Department Regional Offices
  25. Gambia National Army –Yundum Barracks
  26. Corporations Union Headquarters—Kanifing
  27. 82 Cooperation Managers Quarters Offices and Stores
  28. 82 Concreted Cooperation Seccos
  29. M.D.I Kanifing
  30. Gambia National Army –Farafenni Barracks

1.  Banjul/Serekunda Highway

  1. Brikama/Mansakonko Highway
  2. Soma/Basse Road
  3. Bassee/Fatoto Road
  4. Barra/Kerewan Road
  5. Sabiji/Kartong Road
  6. 13 Provincial Wharves/Jetties constructed from Albreda to Basse
  7. Health Services in the Gambia in 1965-1994

From categories of health-care facilities established after independence particularly after the “ALMA-ATER Declaration” Introducing primary health care throughout the world

  1. Village Health Workers and Traditional Birth Attendants were appointed in all villages in The Gambia to give healthcare attention.
  2. Over 400 health posts were established throughout the country for healthcare delivery by public nurses
  3. Forty-five Dispensaries and Sub-Dispensaries units were established
  4. Major/Minor health centers—with funds from various donors were established
  5. People’s Republic of China: Farafenni, Kaur, Sami Karantaba and Kudang, Kutaur and Kiang Karantaba health centers
  6. British Government: Bakau, Serekunda, Essau, Kuntaya, Kerewan, Banjul Maternity wind, Refurbishing of R.V.H and Banjul Central Medical Stores
  7. Dutch Government: Provided disabled centers at Marina Parade-Banjul, and the Social Welfare Office at the same venue
  8. Gambia Government: Provided other health facilities in Bwiam, Brikama-ba, Bureng, Sukuta, and Georgetown. The government also encouraged the establishment of health facilities by private individuals and NGO which are: Kololi Clinic, Ndebaan Clinic, Lamtoro Clinic, W.E.C Clinic, Sibanor Clinic, Chamen Clinic, Jajali Clinic,German Clinic, West Field Clinic, and Momodou Musa Njie Memorial Clinic.
  9. Italy: Serekunda, Farafenni, and Brikama Clinics, Bundung Health Center (Nov J & P Hospital), Yorobowol Clinic, Independent drive Clinic, Expansion of Basse Health Center and Basse Hospital

Water Resources
The PPP government constructed 350 concrete-lined wells throughout the country funded by EEC Japanese, Italian, and Saudi Arabian Governments. Fifty of the wells have solar powered/generator powered reticulation (running water system) including overhead tanks. The PPP government also encouraged the construction of similar wells by NGOs caritas, C.C.F and African Muslim Agency Muslim Aid. Because of the aforementioned developments, all the big towns and villages in the Gambia have clean running water independent of NAWEC.
Fishing Industry
Fishing Centers were established in towns and villages, many of which were equipped with ice-plants. All of the centers had fish drying and smoking facilities.
Fishermen were provided with boats, nets, outboard engines within a framework of revolving loans in Kartong, Gunjur, Tanji, Brufut, Albreda, Barra, the ice-plant in Brikama, Jurunku, Salikene, Tankular, Kemoto, Tendaba and Bitant.
At independence, there were two hotels, Atlantic and Adonis hotels. The number now stands at thirty: The majority of the hotels from Wadner Hotel to Kairaba Hotel where done within the Tourism Development Area creation by the PPP government to facilitate hotel development in the Gambia. This area that facilitates the participation of small-scale Gambia entrepreneurs were established in Banjul, Wadner beach, Sunwing, Fajara, Kotu, Senegambia, and Brikama.
Tourism Car Parks
Hotel car parks were also established in several hotel clusters-Atlantic, Wadner, Sunwing, Kotu, Fajara and Senegambia.
Hotel Training School
Hotel training school was established to give Basic to Middle Grade Training to hotel personnel
Establishment of Educational Schools/Training Centers in The Gambia 1950- 1964
Primary Schools
Secondary Schools
Vocational Training
1965 – 1994
Primary Schools
Senior Secondary Schools
Management Development Institute
Rural Development Institute
School of Nursing
Brikama College
Non-Formal Education Center
Cooperative Training Center
Chamen Self-Development Center
National Agricultural Research Institute
In light of the forgoing, one with a clear conscience and good judgment will conclude that there were tremendous development made by the previous government without which the Gambia would not have been what it is today.
We continue to research to come up with more development projects and will publish them accordingly.
Mr. Omar A. Jallow (OJ)
Coordinator of the P.P.P

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