20 February 2014

Gambia: D1.2 Billion Madinaba-Soma Road Project Completed

The Trans-Gambia Highway project, financed by the government of The Gambia at a tune of D1, 285, 684, 265 (one billion, two hundred and eighty five million, six hundred and eighty four thousand and two hundred and sixty five dalasi) has been officially completed, the Daily Observer has gathered.

The project that stretches from Mandinaba in the West Coast Region (WCR) to Jarra Soma in the Lower River Region (LRR), has been the longest, but one of the most important projects of the government of President Jammeh.

The over 140 kilometer road, which started eight years ago, according to official sources, was contracted to MA Kharafi, and a Sudanese New Tech Consulting group as the consultant firm.

Contractors used modern and the most anticipated durable system, which involves the use of asphalt concrete to form the final layer for the completion of the stretch.

Hopes are high that rural livelihoods will significantly improve with the completion of this road given the importance of a good road network. It is particularly expected to boost economic activities as well as agricultural production in that it will connect production areas to market facilities in the urban areas.

Confirming this development to the Daily Observer recently in an exclusive interview, the minister of Transport, Works and Infrastructure, Balla Garba Jahumpa, described the completion of the project as another feather in the cap of the Jammeh Administration given its importance to the socio-economic development of the country.

He opined that the Gambian leader should be credited for this magnificent achievement, saying projects like this are the hallmarks of the July 22nd Revolution.

"What the African continent needs is young dynamic leaders like President Jammeh who are development-oriented," the minister stressed, while enjoining young Africans to emulate the likes of President Jammeh.

The Mandinaba - Soma road project, he continued, will greatly change the lives of people in the rural Gambia and enhance their economic status.

The minister thanked the National Roads Authority (NRA) and the staff of his Ministry for their regular monitoring on the project sites during the construction period.

He credited President Jammeh for the many visible projects brought about by his administration across the length and breadth of the country.

The minister however indicated that the only remaining works left are that of erosion control, the swampy area in Soma, the inlet and outlet of culverts and shoulders to receive single surface dressing from Kiang Kiaf to Soma.

Minister Jahumpa used the opportunity to advise drivers to exercise maximum care when using the road so as to ensure road safety.

The managing director of the NRA, Momodou Senghore, described the road as standard, concurring with the minister that it is another significant boost to the ongoing national development endeavours.

He thanked Minister Jahumpa for motivating the staff to work harder towards the successful completion of the project, especially in making sure that they were always in the field for regular monitoring at the various sites on a daily basis.

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