Gambia: U.S. Eight Million Water Project Launched in CRR

Crr — The Ministry of Fisheries and Water Resources on Wednesday launched the African Development Bank (ADB) Regional Water Supply and Sanitation Project (RWSSP) in Janjangbureh. The eight-million US dollar water project will benefit over 65,000 people in 22 communities across the country. The Gambia government and the African Development Bank (ADB) jointly fund the project.

Speaking on behalf of the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters, the principal assistant secretary, Manding Saidykhan, affirmed that the project is a regional water project and will provide clean drinking water and proper sanitation to over 65,000 people in 22 communities. He seized the opportunity to extend government's sincere appreciation and gratitude to the African Development Bank for funding such an important project.

The regional governor, Alhaji Ganyie Touray, stated that the government of The Gambia under the dynamic leadership of President Jammeh puts the development of the rural people as a priority in his development agenda. Therefore, he added, the launching of the project is a clear testimony of his government's drive to improve the quality of life of the rural people in the Gambia and CRR in particular.

Governor Touray urged the beneficiary communities to take full responsibility and ownership of the facilities and cultivate the culture of regular maintenance of the facilities.

Buba Jagne, the social and sanitation specialist, said poor sanitation is a major contributing factor to high rate of diarrhea in The Gambia. He noted that the demand for domestic water supply is high and called on the people to use it judiciously.

The head of the Rural Water Supply, Alhagie Jabbie, disclosed that CRR have seven boreholes with solar panels and water reticulation system; four in the south and the other three in the north. He called on the beneficiaries to put in place a strong mechanism for the sustainability of the project. He further stressed the need to maintain the facilities by establishing water management committees for the smooth functioning of the system.

Among other speakers included: the regional water focal person, Yaya Jobe; chief of Lower Fulladu West, Momodou Lamin Baldeh; CEO, Kuntaur Area Council, Pa Darboe; and chairman JAC, Alhaji Kekuta Ceesay.

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