By Lamin Cham
President Adama Barrow yesterday laid the foundation stone of the 39km Sankandi to Karantaba road in the Kiang West district.
The project is the first phase of an 87km road construction project that will cover the entire Kiang West. The project costs D400M fully funded by The Gambia Government. The president was welcomed to the project site by a tumultuous crowd. On Saturday, the president also launched the 30kv LaminKoto to Diabugu-Batapa electricity power line project. Highlighting the significance of the event, the president said the country is on course to attain universal access to electricity by 2025. He added that energy is critical to the country’s development needs and that the exclusion of many rural people from the benefits of power is a “great social injustice”.
Additionally, the president stated that the task of stabilising the country’s power supply has been achieved to a desirable extent, adding that the next ambition is to give low-cost electricity to every household in the country.
The eight-million-dollar project is a partnership between The Gambia government, the World Bank, the EU and European Investment Bank.