May 28, 2014, 10:49 AM
The Minister of Regional Administration, Lands and Traditional Rulers, Lamin Waa Juwara, Tuesday told deputies that the drainage system in the Brikama Market, in particular, and Brikama Town and its environs, in general, is of great concern to the Brikama Area Council, and hence it is among its priority planned activities.
Responding to concerns by Hon. Buba Ayi Sanneh, National Assembly Member for Kombo Central, as to what plans the government has to solve “the awful drainage system” at the Brikama market, Juwara said the existing drains around the market were constructed by council through GAMWORKS to contain the storm water.
“However, the recent physical developments along the waterways in Brikama have diverted the storm water to the market area,” he told deputies.
Consequently, he added, the current drains cannot contain the volume of water passing through the market and its surroundings.
According to Minister Juwara, the Brikama Area Council is currently working with the United Nations Participatory Slum-upgrading Programme, and key among the projects submitted for implementation is the construction of a big drain from Brikama Misira running through Nyambai.
“This project is envisaged to divert the storm water from the market area; the council is developing a master plan for the market with a view to widen the drains and to pave the remaining parts of the market,” he stated.
Juwara further told deputies that as soon as these actions are done, the issue of the market drains and stagnant water in the market will be a thing of the past.