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The roads and the rainy season

Jun 18, 2013, 11:18 AM

This year’s rainy season has started, a time when we face nightmares on our roads. Most of our roads are not usable during this time of the year.

We want to plead once again, that as a veritable development vehicle, wherever the funds might be, it should be tapped to have, if not all, 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.

A 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 people in the endeavour to develop.

So they must strive to correctly advance the needs and demands of the people.

We have always maintained that, 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 opinion that this will also contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.”

Tom Robbins