By Adama Tine
Appearing before the select committee on monitoring and implementation of government projects of the National Assembly last Thursday, OIC program manager Ebrima Colley disclosed that $93 Million is to be spent for the construction of 50 kilometers roads, water and electricity funded by the Saudi Fund.
He also disclosed that $83 million will be spent by the Government of The Gambia, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Badiyya for the construction of the Berting Herding Highway as telecommunication support for Gamtel and Gamcel will be provided.
Yankuba Dibba, CEO of OIC noted that their primary role is to mobilize the necessary resources leading to the full success of the summit OIC project.
He added that as a secretariat, they look at all needs, capacity building and things that will enable The Gambia host a successful summit.
“In the area of electricity and water projects, the works are in progress and we hope by end of April and May, tenders will be rolled out to assist National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) in changing their transmitters which will improve their T and D,” he noted.
Momodou Seghore, National Road Authority Managing Director said the essence of the Berting Herding Highway construction is to create alternatives and minimize traffic congestions.
“We have already started the small subsection over swampy areas of Sting Corner and it has been concreted”, he added.
Modou Ceesay, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure noted that the Berting Herding Highway is 22 kilometers road which stretches from Sting corner to the Airport.
He revealed that the concept is to expand it in a way and manner for two dual ways in a reserved way of 10metres.
“It is an important concept infrastructure project not only to ease traffic congestion in the urban Greater Banjul Area but also a critical infrastructure component of OIC upcoming summit later in 2022,” he said.
“OIC secretariat and NRA are tasked with a work in plenary studies to prepare appraisal report and while finalizing the funding package they also authorized us to embark on advanced procured process and can kick start the procurement of both contractors and consultants to submit for approval even before finalizing the funding,” he further said.