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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Mayor thumps up Turo Darboe’s NGO

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The mayor visited the completed works at Fakilia Street and Bundung Borehole before driving to Sinchu Alagi Jola Kunda to thank him for the help he has been providing to people of the municipality. At the eastern Sinchu Jola Kunda neighbourhood, a three-kilometre stretch of road that leads to the community’s cemetery, linking Sinchu to Banjulinding, the airport, and Yarambamba Estate was rehabilitated over the weekend.

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Over the years, the road has degenerated to an extent that residents and travelers abandon it during rains. Mayor Colley, along with Yusupha Manneh, chairman and CEO of Brikama Area Council, the councillor of Banjulinding ward, the National Assembly member of the area, the alkalo and community leaders along with hundreds of residents turned out to lend a hand with the rehabilitation works which coincided with the monthly national cleaning exercise on Saturday. 

Mayor Colley described the road as “vital” for the people of Sinchu. He thanked the VDF and Mr Darboe for investing huge resources on rehabilitating key social amenities. “This is in line with the vision of the president. The president has been making calls for philanthropists and private citizens to come out and support national development efforts because government cannot do it alone. In fact, when you talk about government, it is us as people who make up the government. It is us who are the government. So I am very happy to be here,” Mayor Colley said. At last Saturday’s exercise, Saro Construction Company provided a grader for the works. 

Salifu Ceesay, the alkalo of Sinchu Alagi, said his community numbers at least 4,000 households. “We have been facing serious difficulties with this particular road. The road that links us to Banjulinding is important to us because Banjulinding is the main centre of our livelihoods – most of our children go to school there, that is where the major health centre is located. It is the link for our women’s vegetable growers who sell their produce at Brikama,” he said.

A resident of the community, Saihou Sanyang, said they even experience difficulty burying their dead when rains start: “When one of our eldest community leaders died during the rainy season, we had to put the coffin on a donkey cart and push through the above-knee-level stagnant waters that blocks passage to the cemetery for burial. A woman and her baby died here because she was in labour and there was no way to get a vehicle pass here to get them to hospital for attention. That has been our situation. Today, that is all over thanks to Turo Darboe’s intervention.”


By Sanna Camara


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