By Aramata Jatta
The National Assembly Select Committee responsible to monitor the implementation of government projects as part of its oversight function on Monday began a 6 day tour at the greater Banjul area.
The tour party led by Hon. Sulayman Saho NAM for Lower Badibou visited the Banjul Area Council (BBC) ongoing road construction projects worth over D39million which is at its tail end.
This contract is been awarded to Lerr Group through Gamworks and the aforesaid long term constructions has a ten years guarantee and it covers about 6 streets namely: Primet street which is about 1, 237meters long, Peel/ Spalding street about 710meters , Haddington about 603 meters, Tafsir Demba street Mbaye about 513meters likewise Spalding Curve and Narrow Spalding.
According to BCC’s Director of Planning and Development Katim Touray BCC paid 8.3% as counterpart contribution to Gamworks.
He told deputies that key among their constraints are the dumping of solid waste in the gutters and traffic congestion as lot of commercial vehicles use the said roads.
“In other to battle the dumping of solid waste into the gutters we will continue monitoring and sensitizing residence on solid waste management”. Said Mr. Touray
Speaking to journalists shortly after the oversight function Hon. Sulayman Saho Chair of the committee called on Banjulians to change their attitude on waste management as most of the drainage systems are been converted into dumping areas.
“It is very disheartening on the way people are treating our environment “Hon Saho argued.
He said the road will promote trade and accessibility describing Banjul as the heart of the Gambia.
The chair stressed the need for people to respect and take ownership of the projects as its been maintained by the tax payers money.
He expressed satisfaction over the ongoing projects and encouraged the council to engaged relevant authorities such as National Road Authority in whatever project they wish to embark on.
“It is the institution mandated to monitor road construction in the country”. Hon Saho affirmed.