By Almamo Kamaso
The Government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure has approved the construction of additional 86 kilometres of roads in rural Gambia. The road projects comprise of two lots in both the North Bank and Central River Regions of The Gambia.
This was disclosed at the 13th inter-ministerial press briefings at the ministry of Information last week.
The press were informed that, Lot 1 is awarded to Arezki Construction Company limited, and it starts from Sabakh Sukoto to Bambali, Sarakunda to Ngeyen Sanjal, covers a distance of 38 kilometers.
Whiles Lot 2, awarded to CSE company, covering Kaur to Jimbala, Kaur to Kerr Uldeh and Kaur-Janneh Kunda to the Senegalese border village of Kerr Chaindu, consist a total distance of 48 kilometers.
The two road projects, estimated to cost GMD1.6billion, are entirely funded by The Gambia Government, Minister Sillah said Construction works of the two road projects are expected to finish within 16months.
Upon completion, he said the two road projects would serve as important addition to the national secondary roads network, thereby improving rural urban connectivity and push towards the attainment of one city-state.
The Information Minister said , the Ministry of Environment Climate Change and Natural Resources in collaboration with National Environment Agency (NEA) and UNDP are implementing Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) project which was launched virtually by the Hon Lamin Dibba Minister of Environment Climate Change and Natural Resources.
This important project, according to the minister Sillah is part of the implementation of the Stockholm Convention for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) which are toxic chemicals that adversely affect human health and environment around the world. The Stockholm Convention is a legally binding international instrument designed to lead a gradual decrease in the presence of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the environment.
“The project will create awareness and build the capacity of key stakeholders for environmentally sound management of Organic Pollutants and industrial products or chemical waste and their contaminated sites as well as open burning of waste which is a common practice in The Gambia” Sillah said .
Hon Miumnistrr Sillah told the press that to boast the efficiency of our agricultural sector , the Department of Agriculture under the Ministry of Agriculture recently appointed fifty-seven (57) staff as village extension workers in the field. This move, he said is to reduce the farmer-extension worker ration so that smallholder farmers would have close interaction with agricultural field extension workers for appropriate advice and support to improve agriculture in The Gambia.
This appointment is also in line with the newly developed extension policy as recommended by a team of experts. Currently there are few agriculture extension workers in the field which in turn directly affects farmers’ capacities to increase food production and productivity. Primarily the appointment of these new staff will give a boost for an effective extension delivery system, increase food security and increase farmers income. Before their deployment in the field, the appointed extension workers underwent three (3) induction training to prepare them in areas of code of conduct, General orders and civil service process and procedures of the Gambia.