SIDIA JATTA: Road conditions are generally horrible in The Gambia
By Sulayman Bah
Feeder roads and gravel surfaced roads remain to be in poor conditions and some are un-motor able especially in the rainy season in most parts of The Gambia.
The government of The Gambia is said to have entered into a loan agreement with Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to construct the main Lamin Koto to Passamas motorway but hasn`t still been started.
Honourable Sidia Jatta, Chairman of PDOIS and also a former Wuli West MP has described the road conditions generally horrible in The Gambia.
He said: “Road conditions are generally horrible in The Gambia and not just Wuli”.
Commenting on an article published in Kairo News online on the Basse/Wuli road, the former law maker said he has not been contacted to shed light on the deplorable road conditions and neither did he permit any reporter to attach his picture to a story.
Honourable Jatta said: “I was just a servant to the people of Wuli and The Gambia”. He further explained that, it is the sovereign right of the author of the article to raise issues pertaining to Wuli and can even criticise him (Sidia), but should be done responsibly.
However, no road is currently classified as a first class road in The Gambia; even the most publicised Coastal Roads are full of potholes.
Suwaibou Touray PDOIS Administrative Secretary said: “The road situation from Lamin Koto to Passamas remains the biggest ever road challenge for The Gambia and this will certainly be a huge huddle for the ruling APRC in the next election campaign”.
The overall rural road conditions are lagging behind and generally contribute to early vehicle breakdowns, huge fuel consumption, high cost of maintenance, slowdowns farming mobility and prevents quick access to health care facilities.
Are you trying to make Hon Sedia Jatta a stone age politician and member of Foroyaa editorial board?
There are many things I could have asked Sedia to do, ie how many times did he raise the plight of our Wulli-Sandou road in national assembly when he was there. I know Sedia very well, and I know him to be a hard working temperamental politician, but cocky, he is not.
I actually raised the issue that due to the fact Sedia is absent from the National Assembly, the current politicians from Wulli and Sandou are doing nothing to speak on the plight of our roads.
It is baffling that, both Sedia and Kotokey Suwaibou try to be defensive instead of appreciate my raising of the issue.
I know many roads in the Gambia are bad, my concern for now is the Basse gateway to Wulli and Sandou, period.
By the way Sulayman, with the time you spent at foroyaa, was it always a common practice to seek permission before putting people’s photos on Foroyaa? Sedia should know better than saying, his permission is required before a photo of his is put on articles.
I am disappointed with Dida Halaki, it seems, Bax is making him bias now. A whole former MD of Observer silent on Sedia’s blasphemy. Good God.
Sulayman Bah, don’t try too hard in defending even light-hearted stuffs about PDOIS or their politicians. In modern politics, such things will be common, so long as we remain civil and polite. Sedia is my cousin!
“Commenting on an article published in Kairo News online on the Basse/Wuli road, the former law maker said he has not been contacted to shed light on the deplorable road conditions and neither did he permit any reporter to attach his picture to a story.”