By Aramata Jatta
The Minister of Information Hon. Ebrima Sillah has informed the press that more Infrastructure projects to be lunched across the country
The first project to be launched by the President will on Saturday 26th September 2020, and that is the long-awaited Hakalang Roads Project in the Nuimis, covering over 84 kilometres. This he said is fully funded by the Gambia Government. On the same day, President Barrow shall lay the foundation stone for the construction of the new office and residence of the Governor of the North Bank Region.
He made this statement in the 8th session of the Inter-Ministerial Press Conference coordinated by the Ministry of Information & Communication Infrastructure (MOICI) through the Office of the Government Spokesperson held online.“The President will also lay the foundation stones for the construction of the 24 kilometre Senegambia corridor from Kerr Ayib to Senoba on the 1st of October, the construction of the Jarra Soma and Farafenni Markets and the toll booths on the Senegambia Bridge”. He stated
Hon. Sillah said on 3rd October, the President will lay the foundation stone for the construction of the Basse Market which was ravaged by fire in February 2020.
“Contracts for the construction of the new state of the earth Basse Market have already been awarded to two local construction firms to the tune of over 70 million Dalasi funded entirely by The Gambia Government” he said.
The Hon. Minister said other foundation stones for road construction to be laid by the President within the next three weeks include the 10km Mbye Kunda access road in the URR, the Kaur to Kerr Jimbala road and Ngeyen Sanjal road. All these roads are funded by the government.
Shedding light on the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs operationalization of the Supplementary Appropriation Bill Hon. Sillah Said the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the disruption of Economic and Social activities across all institutions. To mitigate and enhance the restart of activities, the government through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs requested for a Supplementary Appropriation Bill (SAP) to support institutions that have been seriously affected by the pandemic. He said So far, support has been extended to the following: Full payment of D91.2 million made from August to September for the bailing out of Public Enterprises (3 months salaries for GCAA, GIA, GMA, GFS and GAMPOST).
Full payment of D5.6 million is effected in August and September for the settlement of GT Board Operational License for the Hospitality Industry.
D30 million was provided in September to extend the duration for the closure of the Malaysia and Algeria missions and also factoring the repatriation of recalled diplomatic personnel.D20 million paid in September for the construction of the Basse market.
He continue to state that D300 million has been provided in September for the Rural and Urban Roads Project, Full payment of D77 million was made in September for the Land Compensation for the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project. Full payment of D100 million was made in September for the post-COVID-19 Recovery Plan for the tourism industry. D31.4 million has been paid in August and September for the support to Councils to pay salaries. Full payment of D15 million made in September for the Media Subsidy.