President Adama Barrow reaffirmed the Gambia government’s commitment to the attainment of the objectives of the OIC roads development initiative. The President informed the public that works for the earmarked roads will commence soon during a tour of sites conducted on Friday August 20, 2021. President Barrow highlighted that the completion of this project will be a game changer and is expected to transform the infrastructural landscape of the country.
The roads development project is conducted in line with preparatory efforts for the upcoming OIC Summit to be held in Banjul in 2022. The president said the rationale behind the tour was for him to personally see the proposed sites after numerous visual demonstrations on the project by officials.
“This is a game changer. It will change the lives of the people, especially the people who live around this area,” said President Barrow. President Barrow said the negotiations for the project took time due to the large number of stakeholders involved, but now the contractor has already beenrecruitedand work is expected to start soon.
“I think everybody should celebrate the fact that the Gambia is going to construct roadsthat willhave a huge positive socio-economic impact on the lives of the Gambian people,” the President said. “These roads should have been done years back, I think the people appreciate what we are doing and they are really happy to see that the construction of these roads is about to start.”
The OIC roads project involves a combined 50 kilometers 20 new feeder 20 roads and a modern dual carriage way leading from Kairaba Avenue through Bartil Harding Highway to the airport junction in Yundum. When completed, they will help decongest traffic within the Kanifing Municipality and West Coast Region.
“Without roads there will be no development,” President Barrow added. “We have done over 600 kilometres now, with this, it will be a huge difference as far as infrastructural development is concern.”