CRR happy as 9.5 km feeder road project begins

May 5, 2020, 1:19 PM | Article By: Momodou Jawo

Communities in Niamina East District, Central River Region are rejoicing as the foundation stone for the construction of a 9.5KM feeder road has begun in earnest.

The road, which starts from Jareng connects other satellite villages all the way to Tabanani, a border village between Gambia and Senegal in Central River Region (CRR). The Gambia government is funding the project.

Local dwellers are anticipating that after the successful completion of the rehabilitation works, the road would provide easy access and movement of people, goods, and services especially in the farming communities and the economic outlets.

“In fact, after the completion of the road it will also serve as a catalyst for enhanced economic growth, with the desire to reduce poverty which is in line with President Adama Barrow priorities,” Fafa Ceesay a native of Kerr Katim said in an interview.

According to Mr. Ceesay, there’s unprecedented development currently taking shape in the CRR especially in the three Naiminas District, which he said is courtesy of the Barrow led-administration.

Ceesay explained that Jareng itself has recently benefited from two milling machines, which will go a long way towards complementing the efforts of the village women’s activities.

He revealed that another road measuring 18km is currently under construction starting from Kudang to Kuntaur. During raining season, he said, it is difficult for vehicles ploughing the area to use the road due to the fact that it is in bad condition.

He expressed optimism that after successful completion of the 18km feeder road, it will greatly boost economic activities of the area, adding that many traders especially in CRR South use the road to access Wassu market (Lumo).

“I can tell you that during season vehicles almost spent two to three hours before reaching Kuntaur ferry crossing point.”

Ceesay dismissed reports suggesting that there’s no development going on in the three Naiminas Districts, indicating that within these three years of Barrow administration two Senior Schools have been built in the area.

 He stated that many villages in the Naiminas district have benefited from milling machines that was provided by the Barrow administration. This, he stated, is geared towards enhancing the socio-economic advancement and minimising the daily drudgery women faced in rural Gambia.

He pointed out that women empowerment is among top priorities of the National Development Plan, saying “under Barrow leadership Gambian women are already benefitting and will continue to benefit what they have been fighting and crying for in the past decades.”

He urged the communities of CRR and the country at large to rally support for President Adama Barrow.

He added that there’s an ambulance donated by the government and stationed at Bati Njol. The said ambulance, he went on, would serve the entire communities of the area, adding that there’s also a skills centre and garden in Mamud Fana.