Kerewan- Diabugu road to be constructed
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Lamin Bajang, the secretary of state for Works, Construction and Infrastructure, has announced that The Gambia Government, under the leadership of Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh, is set to construct the main road linking Nyakoi Kerewan to Diabugu, in the Sandu District, URR, within the next two years.
Secretary of State Bojang also revealed the APRC government's commitment to construct a bridge at the Basse-Nyakoi Kerewan River. However, he did not say exactly when work will start on the road, but he said that documents relating to the project are all ready, while negotiations between the government and its development partners, such as the the Kuwaiti Fund and the Islamic Development Bank continues for possible funding. The idea of constructing the road, SoS Bojang explained, was born out of President Jammeh's recognition of the difficulties that the people of the area face. The construction of the road, he stressed, will go a long way in relieving the long term burden on the people. Among President Jammeh's goals, he added, is to transform the whole country into a capital city before 2020.
Bojang used the platform to reveal to the people of the area the government's intention to build residential quarters for the Diabugu Police, as well as the the provision of a borehole for the village. Bojang then called on the people of Diabugu and the Sandu district at large to embrace President Jammeh and the APRC government in the interest of more development.
Yankuba Touray, secretary of state for Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assemble Matters, who also doubles as the APRC party national mobiliser, told the people of Sandu that the Gambian leader is well committed to alleviating their constraints. He said this was why he had introduced the Community Development Driven Project (CDDP), which he said aims at empowering and helping people to develop their communities.
SoS Touray also revealed to the people of the area that the second phase of the Rural Electrification Project will start soon, promising that Diabugu will not be left out. "People of Diabugu," Touray said, "you should thank God, then President Jammeh, for the unflinching support he is giving you." SoS Touray also promised them that the Water Resource Department will work on changing the village's water tank and replace it with a more sophisticated one, and that it will also increase their solar panels.
He then called on the people of the area to respond to President Jammeh's back-to-the-land call, so as to chase away hunger in the country and to feed on the farm produces they have grown themselves. He reminded the young people that the Gambian leader has done well for them, urging them to take their education seriously. The Diabugu meeting also witnessed a mass defection of some 143 youth and women from Sandu District - said to have been UDP supporters, to the APRC party. Many other people spoke at the meeting, among them Alhaji Musa Drammeh, secretary general of the Sarahuleh society.
Author: by Assan Sallah & Amadou Jallow on tour