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Friday, January 22, 2021

Sinchu alkalo, community leaders extol VDF intervention

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The VDF on Friday started rehabilitation works to fill the road which according to residents, has been left abandoned during the rainy seasons of the past eight years. VDF bought twenty trips of gravel which was used to fill the potholed roads.

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The youths turned out to participate in the rehabilitation works. Armed with pick-axes, spades, rakes and wheel barrows, they were at work from 9am to 9pm to ensure that each trip of gravel unloaded by the trucks was evenly spread and levelled. The community elders were also present to supervise and ensure that all was available for the success of the works.

While lauding the assistance of VDF founder and patron Modou Turo Darboe to his community, the Sinchu alkalo said: “This  street is crucial in this settlement. It poses a serious challenge to the community. It is located on a used-to-be cattle drinking site which has made it a low land. The soil has suffered many years of cattle activity, compounded by the frequent passage by trucks laden with sand from Kachumeh to the coastal road, making it even worse. Modou Darboe’s intervention will greatly reduce the difficulty residents face during the rainy season.”

The imam of the area, Baboucarr Mbye, also added his voice to the alkalo’s, saying: “The alkalo would have loved to do this if he had the means…. Since that wasn’t possible, we are grateful to Modou Turo for this intervention. The benefit is for the community at large and as such, they attract huge rewards. As residents, we had great difficulty in accessing our homes during rains. Now that is being ameliorated thanks to Turo Darboe.”

Alhaji Ebrahim Mboos, another community leader, said as a community, they were distressed with the state of the street during the rains. “Once the rains start falling, we simply stop using it for the four months of rain. Not even vehicles can pass here.”

Muhammad Faal, youth leader, thanked the youths for their turn-out. “It is so soothing to see the youths respond to this call within a short period of time. They are the future leaders and it is good to see them taking responsibility for their community development initiative.”

 

By Sanna Camara

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