Gambian President Adama Barrow said on Thursday his Government has secured 83 Million US Dollars from partners to construct a dual carriageway of 22 kilometres linking the Banjul International Airport and the capital, Banjul.
He said: “From the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, OPEC Fund for International Development and Abu-Dhabi Fund, Government secured 83 Million US Dollars to upgrade the Bertil-Harding Highway into a dual carriageway of 22 kilometres. This stretches from Yundum Junction to Sting Corner. The civil works will take 24 months.”
The Gambian President made this statement during his state of the nation address delivered at the National Assembly in Banjul.
He added: “In a similar development, the Government has secured funding from Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), equal to 50 Million Dollars, to construct 50 kilometres of roads in the Greater Banjul Area.”
He said in the capital city of Banjul, the Government reconstructed 14 kilometres of severely dilapidated roads and drains, using local funds, under the Banjul Rehabilitation Project.
He said the construction of the Kiang West roads has commenced with 39 kilometres of paved roads. The execution period is 12 calendar months. Negotiations are underway for the Contractor to continue with the remaining 46 kilometres in Kiang, he said.