It is really commendable that the National Roads Authority (NRA) is visiting roads affected by floods, it is also on the news that the Works minister has visited some roads in Banjul. As the damage assessment continues and new projects are underway, it is also important that we nurture the culture of road maintenance in our development. This will create sustainability and allow for easy expansion and trickledown effect.
We therefore call on all stakeholders in national development, particularly public institutions, to endeavour to engender the culture of maintenance. This is fundamental because the absence of proper and adequate maintenance would leave many national development projects at the mercy of dilapidation.
After all, in the absence of an adequate and frequent maintenance, national development projects, no matter how guaranteed they are and the quality of their intended purpose, quickly become shadows of their former selves.
It is evident that the vision of President Jammeh is to transform the country into the Silicon Valley of Africa. But we should bear in mind that he cannot do it all alone. We therefore hope that stakeholders in national development particularly public institutions would realise that the success of the country in meeting the needs and aspirations of her people largely depends on their commitment, loyalty and ambition. We should all henceforth work towards putting in place efficient and vibrant maintenance teams to ensure that national development projects are guaranteed sustainability whilst serving their purpose.