Works Minister, Public Service Minister Inspects Gov’t Projects Across the Country

      Works Minister, Public Service Minister Inspects Gov’t Projects Across the Country

 

 

The Minister of Transport, Works and Infrastructure, Honorable Ebrima Sillah, and the new Minister of the newly created Ministry of Public Service Reforms, Policy and Delivery, Honorable Baboucarr O. Joof, have  on Wednesday 24th August, 2022, embarked on a  three - day joint inspection site visit of different government projects across the length and breadth of the county.   

 

The two Ministers who were accompany with  senior officials of their respective Ministries and line-institutions, first had a stopped and a meeting  at the famous Nuimi-Hakalang roads project in North Bank Region, funded entirely by the government of the Gambia at a tune of over one billion dalasis.

Speaking at a meeting held at the project camp site in Bafuloto, after touring the area, Minister Sillah strongly reminded Ibrahima Sow, representative of the contractor in the project, which is (CSE), to redouble their efforts in ensuring that the project ends on time, which is December, 2022.

“This road is important for the people of this region. They have suffered for so long for this project to come. Government has paid lot of money for the realization of this project to come through. Do your best and let it be completed on time, he said.”

He further told the contractor to also make sure that they have enough materials in stock such basalt, cement, gravel, bitumen and any other things needed for the timely completion of the work without causing delay.

The Minister stated that government would not sit aside and allow contractors to do anyhow they want to handle projects in this country.  “These are tax payer’s money and it has to be utilized in their best interest at all the times. We don’t want to be blamed for our issues. The Ministry staff, National Roads Authority and the consultant will always be on the alert to ensure that this Nuimi – Hakalang roads project is on the right direction,” he added.

On his part, Baboucarr O. joof, the new Minister of Public Service Reforms, Policy and Delivery, said constant monitoring and spot visiting of government projects across the country will be a top priority of his newly created Ministry.

“Sometimes we will come and we will not inform anybody. Government want to see that projects are completed on time and are of standard at all the times,” he said.   

Minister Joof further stated that his Ministry would not only concentrate on government projects, rather, would also create a special unit or directorate under his Ministry that would be surely responsible for the welfare of civil servants.

              Minister Sillah and Minister Joof, inspecting road work in Ngeyen Sanjal

 

 

Meanwhile, the two ministers and delegation also visited the newly constructed governor’s offices and residence in North Bank Region, a Covid-19 admission center in Njaba Kunda under construction, a water culvert in Sabaa village that is said to be causing flooding into the village, construction of the new drainage system along the Farafenni market, the new Fatoto – Koina road drainage system was also visited, the North Bank Rural roads- comprising of Njeyen Sanjal areas, Kaur Jimbala areas  and  also other critical places  said to be water ways, affecting settlements.

In Lower River Region, the team also visited the toll plaza in Jenoi and Bereto to assess the level of work on going there. The Kiang west road project was also inspected by the team as well,  as construction work is progressing.

 

By Lamin Njie

Assistant Information Officer

Ministry of Transport