President Adana Barrow, Riding On The Newly Commissioned Buses. ( PhotoCredit: State House)
By Buba Gagigo
As part of his government’s efforts to improve the country’s transportation system, the president of the Republic of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, inaugurated seventy (70) new buses on Wednesday at McCarthy Square in Banjul.
President Adama Barrow Cutting The Ribbon For The Newly Commissioned Buses.
“Today marks another milestone for my government and a significant development in the annals of road communication in the Gambia. I am singularly honored, therefore, and greatly delighted to commission these 70 brand-new buses to ease transportation around the country. The busses come as a continuation of the project that started last year leading to the commissioning of 38 buses last July. To expand public transport services 59 of the new buses will be deployed for use as public transport while the remaining 11 will be utilized as school transport,” President Adama Barrow said.
Seedy Kanyi, the General Manager of the Gambia Transport service, stated in his welcoming remarks that the 70 New Buses is the largest addition to the GTSC fleet since it was established in 2013.
“This is the largest addition to our fleet since the inception of the company in 2013. In recent years GTSC has been engaging the Gambia government for the expansion of its fleet and financial support. And I stand here today to announce that these engagements have born positive results and the government has indeed responded to our request which culminated in today’s event. This new fleet is meant to upgrade public transport in the country in response to the high population growth rate and the resultant surge in demand for public transport. This is a timely intervention, especially in light of recent improvements in road infrastructure,” he said.
The Newly Commissioned Buses
This is the second time that the president has inaugurated new buses in less than a year after he launched 33 new buses to ease urban transportation eight months ago.
The aim of these seventy (70) new buses is to enhance the national public transportation service and support the National Development Agenda of creating a well-organized, effective, and affordable national public transportation network.