By: Haruna Kuyateh
A community leader and businessman in Farafenni has hailed the intervention of the government through the Ministry of Trade and GGC on the Importation of vegetable oil to stabilize surging prices of commodities.
Alhaji Samboujang Jagne who was speaking to The Voice in Farafenni, North Bank Region on Saturday said the response of the government to the clarion call of the population to stabilize the prices of basic commodities is very essential and welcome.
The community leader hailed security forces for their steadfastness and commitment to the maintenance of law and order and the protection of properties. He added that there is effective coordination among security forces and he called on people to support the security.
Alhaji Jagne expressed gratitude for the recent visit by CDS and Defence Minister saying this visit would strengthen collaboration and networking in curbing crimes and criminal activities in the region.
The Trans Gambia Corridor Bridge Project installation of solar lighting along the highway from Kerr Ali to the Senegambia bridge demonstrated government commitment to security. The community will be much willing to provide land for the establishment of factories, he assured.
The businessman stressed the need for government to rebuild Farafenni central market, and construct major roads with a standard drainage system.
He, therefore, used the moment of this interview to call on investors to come forward to establish businesses in Farafenni to boost food production and marketing. He informed any interested investors that there is 24 hours electricity supply and bridge will accelerate the movement for economic development.
He called on the management of the Kerewan Area Council to open a new market to allow vendors and businesses to start operation.
Adding his voice, the Chief of Central Badibou underscored the need for government to construct a road linking from Kerewan Farafenni highway via Daru Rilwan to Kerr Pateh Koreh and expand the electricity supply.
Chief Alagie Jagne of Njaba Kunda said now the development needs of communities include constructing inter-village roads to transport farm produce and social services.
He noted with concern that people suffered a lot in reaching out to the market, simply due to poor road network.
He described Kerr Pateh Koreh as an economic center for Central Badibou and therefore constructing roads linking to the community would enhance healthcare service delivery and facilitate cross-border trade.
He said the establishment of a military post at Kerr Pateh Koreh has contributed to curbing cattle theft and looting of shops and by extension promoting confidence building to invest in businesses.
Chief Jagne as well thanked the government for partnering with GGC on the importation of vegetable oil to stabilize surging prices of Basic commodities. He said this has demonstrated the government’s commitment to improving the living conditions of people.
Chief Jagne later thanked President Adama Barrow for the payment of allowances of alkalolu, which has helped to address their economic challenges.