By Ramatoulie Jawo
The Honourable Minister for Transport, Works and Infrastructure, Ebrima Sallah and entourage on Tuesday continued their familiarization tour of ongoing projects.
The tour is meant for the Minister and the project team to have first-hand information on the implementation, progress and resolve any challenges confronting the projects.
On day 2 of the familiarization tour, Sillah and entourage visited the 50km urban roads and other projects in the Greater Banjul area.
Fathalli Hassine, resident engineer for the project said the challenges they have with the Kanifing P-19 roads is the Gamtel and NAWEC services in the area, which is making their work little difficult and that is why their work progress is less than 1%.
He added that they have signed a agreement documents with both NAWEC and Gamtel for their relocation to make their work easy and smooth.
Momodou Senghore, Managing Director, National Roads Authority (NRA) said more sensitization should be done to the public to littering gutters; adding that ‘working in an urban area is very difficult because most of the residents don’t have understanding’.
Abdoulie Al Bassir, Project Director at the Brufut heights, said the wullinkangma roads were expected to be done this month but due to some challenges, the deadline for completion is extended; but assure Minister Sillah that the roads will be completed in the next two weeks.
Kabiro Jammeh, Project Manager under Gambia Civil Aviation Authority said 45% of work has been done at the VVIP lodge and hopefully the whole work will be done next month this year.
He added that the work at the VVIP lodge is dominated by non-Gambians because the skills that are needed for the work is not possessed by most of the Gambia youth.
The representative of Gamworks at the Brikama market project, Omar camara informed that the market project is done.
“The D35 million project was started in June last year (2021) and is expected to be done by next month,” he added.
Following the above updates, the Hon Minister was impressed with the contractors because he said they are doing a job well done.
However, he said some contractors should double up their work because as the rainy season approaches which might delay the project.
He told contractors that the quality of the roads should meet standard at all costs.