The awarding of the contract to Gai Enterprise has been approved by cabinet in January 2019. President Adama Barrow considered the project a fulfillment of his promises made during a tour of Banjul in the summer of last year.
Gambian president Adama Barrow has launched a major construction project to rehabilitate the sewages, drainages and roads of Gambia’s flood-prone capital, Banjul.
The island capital is one of the leading settlements in Gambia highly affected by flood during rainy season. The city’s sewages have seriously broken and needed an urgent fix.
The project cost is little over D1.8 billion (US$36.5 million). The construction work is to be pre-financed by one Hadim Gai (Gai Enterprise) and is to be implemented within a five-year period.
The project covers the drainage and sewage systems and 37km roads network. It will also beautify the city with green-ups.
Banjul is the trade centre of Gambia where country’s ports and major governments are located. As he unveiled the project, the Gambian leader Adama Barrow has promised “2019 will be a turning point in the history of the Gambia”.
Barrow said the launch of the project marks a “milestone” in the implementation of the country’s National Development Plan.
Since the building of the sewages in Banjul some three decades ago, it has not gone through any major changes, said Baba Fatajo, the managing director of National Water and Electricity Company.
“The project cannot come at a better time,” added Fatajo.
Banjul, an island, is located in an ecological sensitive environment. The construction minister Bai Lamin Jobe whose speech was delivered by Ebrima Sillah said the roads are going to be made of concrete pavements.
The work will be supervised by National Road Authorities and National Water and Electricity Company.