By Adama Tine
Family members of the late Samba Juma, a man who the Basse-Wuli bridge was named after, has spoken about the role he played in the area.
According to the family, the late Samba Juma used to provide free river transportation for people especially school children and pregnant women at the Basse crossing point before his demise.
He was a resident of Kerewan Badala near Basse and he originated from Guinea Conakry but later moved to the village of Sabu Sireh in the URR before finally settling in Basse where he worked for a company stationed at the riverside as a security guard. He was paid a monthly wage of D7.5 until his death in 1984.
In an interview with Mamos Media, Mawdo Jallow, alkalo of Kerewan Badala who claims to be Samba Juma’s grandson, described him as a hard working, generous and dedicated man who played a significant role in the community by serving humanity. He said Samba Juma’s kind deeds saved many lives at the river.
“Samba Juma was a very good man. He helped anyone who wanted to cross the river,” said Mr Jallow who added that the number of people his grandfather helped cannot be listed. According to him, President Barrow also benefited from Samba Juma’s generosity.
The naming of the bridge after Samba Juma has brought joy to his entire family who said the bridge will serve as a memorial for their late grandfather.
The family went on to express gratitude to President Barrow for bringing development to their doorsteps.
“We are really happy with President Barrow. He made us proud by naming the bridge after our grandfather father. This will go a long way in history,” they also said.
Mariama Camara, the village alkalo’s wife appealed to the government to create employment opportunities for the youth living by the river bank, saying most of them depended on operating canoes for their survival.