May 10, 2010, 12:46 PM
The ambassador of the republic of China on Taiwan (ROC) on Monday presented two cheques amounting to over 23 million dalasi to the Ministry of Works, Construction and Infrastructure, for the rehabilitation of roads in the Greater Banjul area.
The Taiwanese diplomat first presented a cheque for $453,008.27 equivalent to over 11 million dalasi.
According to ambassador Shih, the money is meant for the rehabilitation of the Banjul-Serre Kunda Highway.
The total project amount is 113 million dalasi, and this was the 4th and final payment, said the out-going Taiwanese ambassador.
In another development, the Taiwanese envoy presented to government officials a cheque for $456,215 equivalent to over 12 million dalasi. The said sum was given for the construction of roads in Tallinding and the Buffer Zone. The total amount for this particular project contract is 40 million dalasi.
Speaking at the presentation ceremonies, ambassador Shih expressed his pleasure in doing the presentation on behalf of his government and people.
He expressed hope that the roads when completed would be of a good quality and up to standard.
In receiving the cheques on behalf of the minister of Works, Construction and Infrastructure, Alhagie Cham, Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure thanked the Taiwanese government for the gesture.
“We know the significance of good road networks in the socio-economic development of the country,” he said.
He used the opportunity to reassure Taiwan that The Gambia would also continue to reciprocate their support.
Mrs Ramou Cole-Ceesay, permanent secretary at the Office of the President chaired the ceremonies, which were attended by Tom Lee 1st secretary at the Taiwanese embassy in Banjul.