NRA Chief Confident of NBR Roads completion in 2024

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By Arfan M.S. Camara, Communication Officer, NRA

The Managing Director of the National Roads Authority (NRA), Mr. Ousman Sanyang, has expressed optimism that all three ongoing road projects in the North Bank Region (NBR) will be completed in 2024.

Mr. Sanyang shared his confidence during an interview following his inspection of the ongoing road construction works at Nuimi Hakalang, Kerewan-Njawara, and Banni-Sallikenne-Njaba Kunda Road on Wednesday, June 12, 2024.

Hakalang Loop and Secondary Roads Project

The Hakalang Road Project is divided into three sections—Buniadu to Kuntaya (55.1km), Albreda to Fass Omar Saho (15.1km), and Bafuloto to Bangally (13.7km)—totals 84.5km. The contractor is CSE, with PACE/GAMECS JV serving as consultants. Progress is estimated at 78%.

Kerewan-Njawara Road Project

The Kerewan-Njawara Road Project, approximately 10km in length, is contracted to Gai Construction Company, a Gambian-owned firm, with NRA as the consultant. This project is substantially completed, with only signage, road markings, and minor adjustments pending.

Banni-Sallikenne-NjabaKunda Road Project

This 17km road from Banni Salikenne to Njaba Kunda is contracted to Bajam Enterprise Limited, another Gambian-owned construction company, with NRA supervising the works. The progress of this project stands at 70%.

“I am hopeful that all three ongoing road projects in the North Bank Region will be ready by the end of the year 2024,” Mr. Sanyang stated. 

“This is contingent upon timely payments to the contractors to meet their deadlines for completion,” he said.

He emphasized the importance of these roads, noting their role in providing and improving access to essential services such as hospitals, markets, schools, and workplaces.

“These roads are vital to people’s daily lives. Roads provide some intangible benefits, such as improved lifestyle, health and well-being.”