Gambian President Adama Barrow, today launched the new Gambian ferry called “KUNTA KINTEH” at a colorful ceremony at the Banjul seaport. Members of Cabinet, civil society, and developmental partners were present at the launching ceremony. The Kunta Kinteh ferry, will no doubt ease the long wait and overcrowding at the Banjul, and Barr ferry crossing point. It is one of the major projects officiated by the Barrow presidency since ascending to the presidency.

That said, it is imperative to give credit, where credit is due. The Kunta Kinteh multi-million-dalasi ferry project, was one of the transportation developmental initiatives left behind by the former administration of dictator Yahya Jammeh. The new government should be honest enough and disclose such information to the people that they claimed to be representing. It will only make them credible in the eyes of the Gambian community. But it is disingenuous for anyone to take credit for a project, which was already finalized by the former APRC government.

Kunta Kinteh is not going to end Gambia’s growing demand for maritime transportation. The Barrow government should consider replacing the Kanilai, and Johee ferries. These ferries are not sea safety worthy. The old ferries at the Bamba-Tenda/Elli-Tenda ferry crossing terminals should also be replaced in the interest of sea safety.

Barrow, officiating such an important project, will give hope to the commuters. But there is a lot of developmental work that needs to be done in this country.

Our road network is deplorable. Potholes are noticeable on the Banjul/Serre-Kunda Highway. Heavy trucks cannot travel beyond Sarro. This is largely due to the bad roads in the capital City, Banjul.

As the rainy season approaches, the Barrow government should consider fixing the sewage and road system in Banjul. This will save the City residents from being consumed by a potential flood.

We got it. The new government has been confronted with acute budgetary shortages, but the issue of public safety, healthcare, and sanitation are sacrosanct as far as national development is concerned. We rest our case.  

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