President Barrow Reassures Government’s Support to Artisan Fishing Communities
State House, Banjul, 16th August 2021: President AdamaBarrow has promised his government’s intervention to improve conditions at the Ndangan Fish landing Site in Jeshwang. The President reiterated this desire during a meeting with members of the association at the State House in Banjul.
Responding to the plight of the workers at Ndangan wharf, H.E. Barrow stated that government would assess the condition of the feeder road linking the wharf and the highway and take measures to ease its use during the rainy season. He also promised to personally fund the renovation of the Ndangan shed to provide adequate cover for businessmen and women in the area.
President Barrow added that due to financial discipline, his government is able to fund the construction of several roads and bridges around the country. He said his administration maximized the collection and management of revenue by closing the loopholes and many bank accounts that existed in the name of the government.
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Welfare, Honourable Fatou Kinteh, commended the women for registering to vote in the December elections. She described women’s role as critical to the electoral process. HonourableKinteh pledged her Ministry’s support to the women’s groups through the Women Enterprise Fund. She said the establishment of the fund is a testament to the financial discipline of the Barrow administration.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Honourable Bakary Badjiealso reminded the gathering of President Barrow’s promise to transform the Kanifing Municipality just as he has done in Banjul. He said President Barrow’s development agenda since coming to office has been to develop the areas left behind by the previous governments.
Honourable Suku Singhated, who led the group to the State House, said he initiated the meeting to enable the members of the Ndangan community to have a dialogue with the President. He requested President Barrow also to consider extending the electricity grid to the Ndangan wharf and community.
Omar Jeng, President of the Ndangan Fish Landing Site, asked the government to regulate the operations of fishing trawlers because they affect artisan fishing.