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Rehabilitate the Roads

Jul 7, 2008, 7:14 AM

The rainy season is here, a time when we face nightmares on our roads. Most of our roads are not usable during this time of year. We want to plead that as a veritable development vehicle, wherever the funds might be, it should be tapped to have, if not all, but the most affected major roads rehabilitated, especially within the Greater Banjul area.

We believe that our Municipalities, given their track record of project implementation in this country, have a reputation to this end. This time again, we expect only the best from these Area Councils.

Good road network is also an effective matter for economic growth, recognising the social and economic benefits of good roads and the mobilisation of more resources for good roads. Good roads provide avenues for business, so one can confidently say that it also contributes significantly to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of a country.

The municipalities should establish a common framework on 'Road Network' to involve a broad range of stakeholders.

Municipalities are established to serve the Gambian people in the endeavour to develop. So they must strive to correctly advance the needs and demands of the people.

If we are to advance, our Municipalities should always maintain close ties with the people and serve their interests at all times.

In view of this we advocate for mass rehabilitation of roads, as we are of the notion that this will also contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).