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Gambia: Brikama Misira Residents Unhappy With Poor Road Conditions

2015/08/19

Residents from the six major streets of Brikama Missira have expressed dissatisfaction over the current road conditions which is making the cost of transport fares increasingly difficult.This prompted the Village Development Committee, (VDC), to appeal for the digging of a drainage system.

Chairperson of the committee, Jim Danjo, speaking to this reporter at his residence on Friday, 14th August, 2015, said the conditions of the streets are very appalling. He said the present national of streets is a cause for concern for the VDC and the people, since it is giving them a lot of problems in terms of accessibility to the major mosque, transportation of goods from other places to the area, and even carrying corpse to the cemetery at present, since all the major entrance points are in very bad situations.

"The VDC has embarked on several road rehabilitation activities since 2008, but could not still find a lasting solution to the inaccessibility due to the construction of the major highway which is preventing water from flowing away," he said.

Chairman Danjo further said despite the fact that at one point the VDC bought some gravels, inclunding the Area Council, it was not adequate. Additional gravel should be made available to them by the Council as the local service provider in the region, noting that the people of Missira are taxpayers who always pay their taxes without any delay.

The people are very concerned with the continuous deplorable national of their streets and have been living with frustration for the completed couple of years. People have been displaced as a result of flooding into homes.

"The VDC Scribe, Alieu Darboe, acting under the request of the VDC,wrote to the Area Council through the Ward Councilor, Momodou Ceesay, last year regarding the national of the streets and requested for gravel to be provided. A letter of acceptance was sent to him and the gravels was at no time delivered to the community," he said.

He opined that the local administrators should take up the issue as a matter of urgency approaching to the aid of the residence in danger of flood once again, because in the previous rainy seasons, most of the families were victims of floods.

The VDC PRO and the Vice Chairperson both re-echoed similar remarks, appealing to the relevant authorities approaching to the aid of the people who are living in fear of becoming flood victims again.

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