By Mafugi Ceesay
President Adama Barrow on Saturday assured that his government will continue to maintain and expand the urban, secondary and feeder road networks in order to improve accessibility and induce acceptable travel time between destinations for all travelers in The Gambia.
The president made these comments while formally opening the 13-kilometer Sukuta-Jambajelly road as part of activities marking the 55th Independence anniversary.
The Sukuta-Jambanjelly road cuts through communities around Sukuta including Jabang, Jambur, Latriya and ends at the Brikama-Sanyang Connector Road at Jambanjelly in Kombo South.
The road has already contributed booming economic activities within the area, as new housing estates and light industries continue to be constructed along the corridor.
The Gambian leader called the project “a clear signpost of the implementation of the National Development Plan.”
President Barrow prayed that the roads will not only connect communities but also link the hearts of the peoples.
“It is a symbol of development that will impact thousands of lives, as it will ease access to health care and education, while enhancing movement of people, goods and services. By all measures, it will further promote trade and regional connectivity,” he said at the inauguration ceremony held at the farthest point of Northern Gambia.
“The road will also stimulate the provision of better and more effective public services, including agricultural extension to encourage greater production. All these are critical to The Gambia’s food self-sufficiency drive and foreign exchange earnings,” Barrow maintained.