Mar 24, 2022, 12:38 PM
The European Union on Friday unveiled a major support package – a Multi-Annual Indicative Programme (MIP), for the Gambia whose implementation has been underway since 2021.
Speaking during the tour, President Barrow said the completion of the roads project will be a 'game changer' and will transform the infrastructural landscape of the country, adding that work will commence soon.
"This is a game-changer. It will change the lives of the people, especially those who live around this area," the President said, revealing that the negotiations for the project took time due to the large number of stakeholders involved.
The road construction project is part of the preparations for the forthcoming Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit in Banjul in 2022. The purpose of the tour, according to the President, was for him to inspect the potential sites physically after authorities gave various visual demonstrations on the project.
Highlighting the project's significance, the President noted that it would have a substantial positive socio-economic impact on the lives of the Gambian people, stating that people are already excited about the commencement of works.
"Without roads, there will be no development," President Barrow added. "We have done over 600 kilometres now. With this, it will be a huge difference as far as infrastructural development is a concern."
The OIC roads project involves 50 kilometres of 20 new feeder roads and a modern dual carriageway leading from Kairaba Avenue through Bertil Harding Highway to the Airport junction in Yundum. When completed, they will help decongest traffic within the Kanifing Municipality and West Coast Region.
Yahya Mbaye, a supporter of the National People’s Party (NPP) from Jarra Toniataba in Lower River Region (LRR) has been caught disguised in a United Democratic Party (UDP) T-shirt, causing trouble and threatening peace in the area, The Point has been reliably informed.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has issued a stern warning to a group of individuals referring to itself as “Operation No Illegal Voting”.
A German International Corporation (GIZ) in partnership with ECOWAS Regional Stabilisation and Development Fund (ECOWAS-RSDF) has certified 40 participants after completing 10 days rigorous training and coaching on Small, Medium Enterprise (SME) business loop.