The Point (Banjul)

7 May 2013

Gambia: Roads in Rural Gambia!

editorial

Recently, we raised concern about the poor road network in the country, focusing on the Greater Banjul area.

Today, we wish to focus on the overview of the road condition in the rural parts of the country.

The reality is that many parts of the country are experiencing poor road network and this situation is even worst in many rural areas.

Even though a good work is being done at the main highway, linking Brikama and Basse on the South Bank, many parts and communities in the interior are just deplorable, to say the least.

In fact, some people in some of the worst affected communities have the belief that the government have forgotten them in terms of road construction and development.

One may doubt the reality until one visits rural Gambia to see for oneself, since the public media (GRTS) is not covering the affected areas as well.

As the rainy season is fast approaching, we once again call on the government and the local councils to help rehabilitate some of these bad roads.

It is very sad that some of the roads that are badly affected have been given ugly names, by the communities as no go areas for cars and motorcycles, especially during the rainy reason.

A case in point, is the road linking Chamio Bunda and Sutukoba in Wuli East. Fondly, this part of the road is called Morrocco, attributing it to the infamous back way syndrome of traveling to Europe.

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