Source: | Suma Jadama, The Gambia

The president of the republic of the Gambia HE Adama Barrow on Friday presided over the inauguration of the Saudi government  funded two kilometer Brikama-Banjulanding highway leading to the state intelligence academy in Banjulanding.

The inaugural ceremony of the newly built road called REYAD road was graced by Cabinet Ministers, delegation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, representatives from different Security Agencies and scores of participants from far and near.

In his inaugural address President Adama Barrow highly commended the government of  Saudi Arabia  for the construction of the two kilometer  road in Banjulanding which  he earmarked to enhance the movement of people goods, and  services within Banjulanding and beyond.

The road erected with street lights  stretching from Brikama-Banjulanding highway to  State Intelligence Services (SIS) Academy according to president Barrow will be  extended to  the main coastal road high to further ease the provision of accessible socioeconomic services to inhabitants and businesses in  the area while urging motorists and residents to maintain safety while using the road.

The director general SIS, Ousman Sowe, said his agency’s partnership with government of Saudi Arabia is going a long way in providing additional infrastructural development in the country.

He  added that his office is currently executing quality services delivery in the  vulnerable communities across the nation.

Head of Saudi delegation in the Gambia HE Muhammed Al-Yusuf explained that the two kilometer road is constructed through a bilateral relations between Reyad and Banjul as well assured Gambians of his government’s continues support in the areas of investment, security and socioeconomic projects.

Representative of the Gai Construction, Hadim Gaye,  said his  company has successfully constructed a  two kilometer road with culverts, water drains and streetlights as enshrined in the contract agreement.

The Alkalo of Banjulanding and the national assembly member Busumbala constituency Momodou Jarju and Saikouba Jarju respectively commended government and partners for the gesture while lamenting some of the challenges relating to the dispensation of  healthcare in the areas.

Meanwhile, President Barrow has also joined scores of Muslims in observance of the first Friday sermon and prayers at the newly built mosque courtesy  of  Saudi government  at SIS academy in Banjulanding where the sermon of Imam Yahya Bah  centred on nurturing and preaching of peace, stability and good neighbourliness. 

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