Youth Entrepreneurs say Wellingara road construction is failing their business

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia Agency for Public Works (GamWorks) current road rehabilitation along the Tabokoto-Coastal road that led to the blockade of some areas has come under criticism by some entrepreneurs in Wellingara who said the barrier is causing failure in their businesses.

Adama Jeng, owner of Ada’s Creation -a tailoring shop at Nema Junction- said since the rehabilitation activities began in the area in June 2019, they have been hindering the progress of their business.

Jeng told Eye Africa that he is not the only one affected by the activity but many other businesses around the area are facing the same problem.

But Lamin Singateh, spokesperson of Brikama Area Council (BAC) said the rehabilitation is a Gamworks project in which BAC and Kanifing Municipal Council both paid eight per cent counterpart contribution to. “We all understand that any development is costly. The youth just have to be patience until the work is completed.”

Mr Singateh said if the road network is not favorable that too will be another issue, encouraging everyone to be patience with the rehabilitation during the course of the work.

Adama Jeng said the rehabilitation works is slowing his business

The youth entrepreneur said his customers are complaining that the route to his shop is blocked and they find it difficult to reach him, saying this is causing fear to him on the progress of the business. He pleaded to authorities to expedite the rehabilitation work within a week to enable their customers access the shop.

“I am the breadwinner of my family, and training more than ten youth in my workshop. The land lord does not care whether I am making profit or not. All he cares about is the shop rent. I have family members depending on me.”

Modou Jeng, one of Adama’s employees said he has not received any salary since June 2019 because the business has not being making income, and he has a family that is depending on him.

Story written by Binta Badjie

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