#Editorial

On 50 KM OIC urban road project!

Oct 29, 2021, 9:13 AM

The development of good transport road network plays an important role in the economic development of a country.

In essence, good road network spur commercial engagements, thereby improving the livelihoods of the citizens.

This in turn ensures smooth flow of goods and services and even people to various destinations.

The President of the Republic, Adama Barrow on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for 50KM OIC urban road project in the West Coast Region and Kanifing Municipality.

This ambitious project is not only timely, but laudable as the country gears up to host OIC Summit in 2022.

As alluded to by the President, that day is another historic event and major milestone in the country’s development process by putting in the much needed necessary infrastructures.

What makes this project exemplary is the fact that it will expand the existing urban road network to accommodate and respond to the ever-increasing volume of road traffic on our roads. It will also address the need for more effective road safety measures.

Another component is that it will overhaul and put in place effective and efficient drainage system within the Greater Banjul Area (GBA).

It is no hidden secret that GBA is one municipality faced with increasing challenges when it comes to effective waste management.

Going further, many commuters spend countless hours daily to get to work. Thus, the coming of this project will significantly reduce traffic congestion by giving commuters alternative routes to get to work and on time. 

Proper development of the transport road network not only reduces the cost of transportation, both in terms of money and time, but also saves time.

What is even worth mentioning is that this road project would spur more businesses and services in communities such as Brufut, Ghanatown, Sukuta, Bundung, the Senegambia strip and its environs.

We therefore, want to register our profound gratitude to the OIC organising team for the wonderful job they are doing ahead of the mega event.

To the sponsors, Saudi Fund for Development, words are not enough to show how the whole country is appreciative of this mega project. This 50-kilometre Urban Roads Project connecting major towns in the West Coast Region and Kanifing Municipality is not only laudable, but something that will go down in history. 

“   It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.”

David Allan Coe

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