The uncovered drainage canals
Thursday, August 02, 2012
It was a
welcome development when the government commenced the construction of major and
feeder roads as well as a central drainage system around the Greater Banjul
Area. There was massive jubilation from all corners that the dreams of
transforming the country into a modern nation state are a step closer to
reality. There was also the belief that flooding and stagnant waters inundating
the community, which was a characteristic of urban Gambia during the wet
season, would become history.
Sadly, around some of our roads, the drainage canals have been left uncovered especially from the Nawec head office towards Old Jeswang on the Mamadi Maniang Highway, thus making them hovels of accumulated rubbish and foul odour, as well as perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and bacteria.
even more worrisome is that these uncovered drainage canals have become death
traps. In the rainy season, news of children falling into them and drowning is
common and now it is usual to hear that a vehicle lost control and fell into an
uncovered drainage canal.
We are all aware that our street vendors always sit near these uncovered canals to sell, thereby using the open pit as a dumping ground. But, consider the fact that the accumulation of garbage in the cannel means they are homes for harmful bacteria. With the items, particularly foodstuff sold by the street vendors, at the mercy of the wind, how can the health of the people be guaranteed?
of the drainage canals is indeed frustrating considering the immense efforts of
the leadership to achieve the highest for the country and the huge costs
involved in the construction of the drainage systems. The responsible authority
should therefore look into the issue and ensure that the drainage canals as
envisaged by the president serve their intended purpose.
responsible for managing the drainage system should also endeavour to put in
place a good maintenance team to ensure that the canals are kept clean at all
times and protected in a manner that would allow only water to pass through.
This is fundamental because the importance of a drainage system in the
development of a country cannot be over emphasised.
The Gambia under the dynamic and visionary leadership of President Jammeh is
witnessing massive transformation and modernisation. This unprecedented
development of the infrastructure network has made possible the free flow of
people and goods throughout the country.
Those who are therefore tasked to supervise and maintain the achievements registered for the common good must live up to expectation.
Author: Daily Observer