GAMBIA: BREAKING NEWS: BARROW’S BANJUL/BARRA BRIDGE IS A MISPLACED PRIORITY PROJECT-RAMBO JATTA; SAYS GAMBIANS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT PUTTING FOOD IN THEIR BELLY THAN A WHILE ELEPHANT BRIDGE!

The Deputy Leader of the opposition APRC Party Ousman Jatta, AKA Rambo, has said that President Adama Barrow’s proposed bridge for the Banjul/Barr ferry crossing, is not only a misplaced priority project, but also an affront to the plight of the suffering Gambian masses, some of whom, according to Rambo, are finding it extremely difficult to feed their families in today’s Gambia, under Barrow’s leadership. Mr. Jatta, speaking in an interview with this medium said Barrow should reconsider the economic ramifications associated with such a misplaced priority project. He said the Gambia has been faced with a host of pressing developmental challenges than constructing a mega bridge, which he said, might not have much economic impact bearing on the lives of the suffering Gambian masses.  

“Before bridging Banjul and Barra, why can’t we try to buy the farmers nuts and so on; that are in the Seccos. And, before we try to bridge Banjul and Barra, why can’t we try to stabilize our electricity system. Let him not embark on a promise that he cannot never keep; because I believe somebody said it is going to cost us about $ 2 billion dollars. $2 billion dollars is not a small money; how are we going to fund it?; where is the fund coming from? What are the strings attached to the said funds if at all it is available?,” Jatta asked.

“I believe the proposed bridge is a farfetched dream. It is not a priority right now. What we need right now, first to unify the people. The Gambia is so divided Pa. We need to bring people together because the way certain people see democracy in this country, I don’t think it is like that. The kind of democracy we have in the Gambia, I haven’t seen it anywhere in the world; frankly speaking,” Rambo added.

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Mr. Jatta is concerned about the direction the new Gambia is heading towards. He said under Barrow’s rule, there is little or no respect for the individual, as some folks think that democracy have given them the license to do whatever they wanted under the sun.

“People can curse your mother in the name of democracy in the Gambia. If you ask them, why are they cursing at you, they will tell you, there is democracy in the Gambia. Perhaps, my understanding of democracy, is different from their own understanding of democracy. In my view, democracy doesn’t give anyone the right to violate other peoples’ rights,” he remarked.

Rambo said people are abusing Gambia’s new found democracy, partly because of President Barrow’s lame duck approach in presiding over the affairs of the nation. He said such an indiscipline and disrespect for the others rights never happened during Yahya Jammeh’s rule.

“During Yahya Jammeh’s era, when he speaks, people will know that Jammeh is speaking. A leader should have voice, and candor. I am not insinuating that Barrow doesn’t have voice, but his voice is lacking when it comes to shaping the direction of the country,” Jatta said.

“When President Jammeh talks, people will know that this man has spoken; so, you should be careful, but in this new dispensation, I have not seen that. People are not afraid of Barrow. I am not saying that he should be hashed or highhanded, but as a President, he has the Executive powers conferred on him to take his stance on issues; this how it should be, and it is final, but that is not happening in the Gambia,” he added.

Mr. Jatta also called on the Barrow government to look into the cost of living in the country. He said the regime should be preoccupied with revamping the economy, to make life affordable for Gambians than embarking on a white elephant bridge project. He said there is a huge difference between the Bambilimansa bridge Jammeh’s government constructed compared to the proposed Barra/Banjul bridge. He cited the financial cost incurred on financing the bridges constructed during the past administration compared to the current administration. He said the Banjul/Barra bridge costs more money than the previous bridges constructed under Jammeh’s rule.

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“And also, something the government needs to look into, is the cost of basic commodities. Pa, some people are finding it very, very difficult to survive in the Gambia. Cost of living is very high in the Gambia; very expensive; frankly speaking,” he said.

Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai

COMMENTS

Jamarek Jamaica

Who is responsible for the starving situation in Gambia today.. Your big boss.. who chop all the food which gambians should have on the table right now..your big boss..who build mansions in usa buy planes and military jets for billions of dalasi.. your big boss.. who bless himself with the name babili mansa..your big boss.. one question!! if your boss is the babilimansa, where is the bridge.. there more important things today than building that bridge but in the long run it will benefit the region of west africa including Gambia in the long run.. and is not Barrow build it.. it is a jointventure financed ´by many different pockets.. but you are right bring back the things what your big boss thief and bring it on gambian people table.
Musa Camara

Why comparing a monster, killer and betrayer of Gambians to a democrat? You are making yourself a laughing stock as Gambians have woke up from their slumbers. Who asked Yaya to buy one way Aljamdu ferry that never worked? Does Gambia need Rolce roy vehicles and white elephant aircrafts at the Airport? Who asked Jammeh to give our millions to foreign musicians, wrestlers, groups and individuals? Who asked Jammeh to build white elephant zoo, estate and bunker in the bush? Who asked Jammeh to kill Ghanians and compensate the sister government with our money as well as innocent Gambians on April 10 &11, soldiers in November 11, Koro Ceesay, junta Hydara, Deyda Hydara, Dabba and co accused, chief Manneh, Ndongo Mboom, Haruna, Marsey…..and the list goes on? Who mandated yaya to engage in business to an extent of competing with others in selling even bread and diappers. Any one with conscience and reasoning capabilities wod not support Yaya. Mark my words if Obemayang Teodory is not steadfast Gambia and world will regret bcos the big croc will sucum to self termination. In that case neither current democratic leaders nor jinns will stop the body from burial in Gambia as he inhumanely reject opponents who died in exile. Yaya’s carnage and untold enormous deeds will be evidently revealed for all to see and quite bonestly he cannot in any way resist the pending sterning revelations. I rest my case Gambians and good residents.

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