Tuesday, May 26, 2020

WHEN WILL THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES DEVELOP A MAINTENANCE CULTURE?

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One has to move about along the Banjul Brikama Highway and the roads leading to them from the main road going to the Serrekunda Market.

The authorities waited until the rains before unclogging the drains. Secondly they do not have transport to immediately collect the solid waste from the drain. On the contrary, it is dumped close to the drain hence a lot of the dirt would be washed into the drains again. The drains are also left open causing a great danger to pedestrians when rain water covers them.

The road from the Serrekunda Mosque to the Banjul-Brikama Highway is so dilapidated that trucks often get stuck in a pool of water a stone throw from a petrol station. The pool of water is getting deeper. Whether rain or sunshine it does not dry up during the rainy season. Consequently it is getting deeper and deeper and the cost of resurfacing it would be increasing by the day.

The same goes for the road from the Serrekunda Market going to the Super Bird area. There too the road has gathered a pool of water which is eroding the layer which is no longer protected by tar and is likely to increase the cost of resurfacing it.

Poor maintenance culture leads to greater cost of resurfacing many roads. Foroyaa proposes that the technical advisory committee of the council to study all the secondary roads leading to the drain along the Banjul-Brikama Highway and give a report on how to do quick maintenance and how to prevent millions from being spent after the rainy season to resurface the roads. As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure.

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