Basse — The community of Bajakunda in Wuli East District, Upper River Region, will soon benefit from a D5Million water project provided for it by its indigenes living in France, USA and Spain.
Speaking to the Daily Observer at the project site in Bajakunda, the governor of the region, Alhaji Omar Khan, commended the donors for complementing government's efforts. He described them as true citizens of The Gambia, as the development of the village and the country is among their top priorities.
He averred that increase in access to safe drinking water, and improved sanitation and hygiene in the rural areas are among the top development agenda of the Jammeh administration. He recalled that the government of The Gambia and the ADB recently launched a US$8M rural water supply and sanitation project in each region of the country. This, he said, is aimed at ensuring that every Gambian has access to clean, safe and potable water.
Governor Khan urged the community to make best use of the opportunity provided to them. He also urged other Gambians in the Diaspora to emulate those from Bajakunda, as government cannot do it all. He noted that before this project came, there was a water tank in the village, which was provided by the government, but its capacity was not enough to supply the whole village.
For his part, the coordinator of the project, Ousman Juwara, explained that when completed, the project will serve more than 15 000 people in the village as over 40 solar panels will be installed to boost its capacity. He also revealed that a 200-liter water tank will be provided under the project.
One Saikuna Bajaha, who spoke at length on the importance of water to the community, also commended the donors for their assistance.