We have built roads and other critical infrastructure that have brought to life areas of this country that once laid waste due to lack of accessible roads. These areas are not even far away, just in the suburbs here, the coastal roads are one of the shining ornaments of development ushered in by the July 22nd Revolution.
Government will continue the rehabilitation and expansion of our existing rural, urban and cross-country road networks. The vital Brikama-Soma highway is almost complete and by the end of the first quarter of 2014, the entire south bank road stretch - Banjul to Basse would have been completed. The much talked-about Laminkoto Passimus road that used to be dangled to Gambians as an attractive candy for political ends during the first republic will finally see the light of day with a new project for its construction to be commissioned in 2014 inshaa Allah. The funds for the project have been secured by the grace of Allah and it will be my pleasure to present this to Gambians as yet another fulfillment of a promise to my beloved citizens of this great country.
Our development achievements were attained in the past 19 years thanks to a vision for national development that is anchored on faith in the Almighty Allah, self-reliance and honest productive work.
Having come thus far, with the philosophy outlined above, I am not going to change that philosophy overnight because of foreign influence tagged to the bait of aid that is conditioned on the acceptance of alien cultures like homosexuality and unbridled freedoms that are not in line with our religious and cultural beliefs.
Yes we will guarantee the rights of all Gambians within the framework of our established traditions and cultural norms. Yet the guaranteeing of such rights is sacrosanct only to the extent that they do not trespass onto the rights of others or the general welfare of our society. Therefore, taking from the theme of the last July 22nd anniversary, I want to once again remind all Gambians to strive together and live in peace and harmony according to our religion.
Let me hasten to add here, though, that my call for us to live according to our religion is not limited to the traditional concepts of worship in mosques and churches only. Yes we should continue to pray in our churches and mosques but our religions are not confined to the narrow definitions of worship that we tend to limit them to. The religions brought to us, by Jesus Christ and his brother in spirit Muhammad (SAWS) did not only teach us the art of praying but brought us practical examples of how to work and earn legal and decent livings based on the law of Allah. Their teachings showed us the importance of self-reliance based on faith. Just like both religions fought and won battles literarily and metaphorically based on faith but also active participation of their followers; so shall we win our battles, against poverty and ignorance based on faith but worked by our owns hands and sweat.