27 November 2012

Gambia: The President's Tour of Banjul


Throughout the rainy season Foroyaa amplified the voices of the residents of Banjul, especially the victims of the flooded areas in Tobacco road. For seventeen years the Jammeh administration has been unable to make Banjul a decent city with a proper drainage and Sewerage system and a proper waste disposal system.

A capital city dubbed the city of light exposes all the pot holes and pools of water in the streets. Some of the homes show features of 16th Century Gambia with (krinting or bamboo stick) houses being used as shelter.

Social Security is made to invest in the purchase of hotels rather than building low cost housing for city dwellers.

This tiny Island which houses the biggest commercial and financial establishments in the country and from whose ports over two billion is collected from the movement of goods should have been a model city with all necessary infrastructure.

A traveler has said that if you want a visitor who has never visited the Gambia not to have an eye sore drive him or her from the airport towards the tourism development area and take the Bertil Harding Highway towards the Kombo Coastal Road and stop at arch 22 in Banjul and then take the visitor to a hotel where he or she could have all inclusive services and be restricted to the beach before taking the same route to the airport to catch a flight.

In short, once the visitor moves in and out of the different wards in Banjul and the KMC area one would clearly discover that the Gambia could neither be classified as the Jewel of Africa or an economic super -power.

We hope the tour is an eye opener to the President. He should also visit Radio Gambia to see whether it is any different from what it was 17 years ago when they took over power. The findings should be instructive.

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