16 November 2012

Gambia: Brikama/Banjul Road Users Raise Concerns

The commuters and drivers plying Brikama, Tobokoto, Banjul road networks have complained of transport difficulties while suggesting for the Gambia government to try and reintroduce the Gambia public transport corporation (GPTC) transports.

Different places were visited by this reporter along the said road. At the Bunjulunding main Junction and Lamin Lodge a crowd was found standing along the main road waiting for transports.

Abubacarr Sanneh said he is a businessman in Banjul but arrived late each day due to lack of good transportation system. "I am a retired police officer who worked in the first republic and retired in the second republic; adding that in those days when GPTC was in operation, passengers do not face problems like they do now," said Mr. Sanneh. Mr. Sanneh opined that passengers suffer a lot in the morning as well as when coming from work in the evenings. The unavailability of a public transport system has created difficulties for the low income earners. This is because normally the public transport charge far less than the privately owned commercial transports, he opined.

Another commuter, Mr. Camara said, he is a civil servant but said everyday in the week, he arrives late at work due to lack of transport to Banjul.

"Government should try and create a very good company because there cannot be any meaningful development if there is no proper transportation network," said Camara. Mr. Camara further said he sometimes stands and waits for vehicles up till 8.00 (the official start of work) and when the vehicle reaches Tabokoto getting transport to West field becomes another trouble. He said the vehicles would be running with slow speed due to traffic congestions between Tabokoto and West Field.

At Tobakoto round about, different categories of people, students, civil servants, businesspersons and even security forces were found standing to board vehicles.

Speaking to three soldiers, one immigration and a group of four police officers were on their way to work at Kanifing,Banjul and Bakau. They all preferred to speak expressing that they in the security sectors suffer a lot due to transportation difficulties and traffic congestions. They said if they should arrive late they usually face serious disciplinary measures, noting that there should be enough transportation facilities for their various security units so that they could go to work without experiencing any delay.

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