May 23, 2008, 4:43 AM
The availability of good road network system in any country is an essential ingredient to national development, as it facilitates the smooth movement of people, and goods and services.
We have always stress that while there are many actions of what is real in life, perhaps the most revealing gauge is tracked in terms of time and priority.
The rainy season is almost here, a time when most of our roads become a major concern and topical issue in many corners of the country. And during this period many of the roads become unreachable because of deplorable condition.
Thus, every year we convey that distress are being raised by the general public as regards to the poor state of certain roads not only within the Greater Banjul Area, but also some parts of the rural areas.
We commend, however, the government of The Gambia and their partners for signing a forty-seven kilometre-road project that runs from Basse to Fatoto and Nyamanari in the Upper River Region recently.
This project will no doubt ease the movement of goods and services during the rainy season - a time when the road conditions in these areas become deplorable and unreachable.
We would equally want to bring to the attention of the concerned authorities that other roads that require immediate consideration in this area include the Laminkoto-Passamas road, Basse-Sutukoba road, Campama road, Barrow Kunda-Gunjur Kuta, Bansang-Basse, among others. Most of these roads are in deplorable condition, thus the need to do something about them.
It is common knowledge that during rainy season, you go to certain areas, you find too many holes and too much water. It's imperative to note that efficient and safe movement of freights and people over our national highway network is very significant.
To make our roads user-friendly, we need to rehabilitate them and keep proper maintenance of them, as we cannot afford to live without good road network.
We once again renew our push that area councils should act now that the rainy season is almost here, by upgrading major feeder roads for the convenience of the people.
During rainy season many people going to work have to walk in the rain and through deep waters and mud.
We reiterate that every effort should be employed in putting our roads in good state with all possible haste.