Kombo South MP takes President Barrow to task
Hon. Kebba K Barrow, the National Assembly member for Kombo South, has called on the government to be more consultative in its approach to governance by asking for inputs of the electorate.
President Barrow and his convoy arrived in Gunjur earlier today as part of the president’s “meet the people tour”
Hon. Kebba K Barrow - Kombo South MP and Majority Leader of National Assembly
While addressing the president and his entourage during a meeting with the people of Kombo South earlier today in Gunjur, Hon. KKB who doubles as Majority leader of the National Assembly lamented the selection of only two speakers at the meeting out of a combined population of over 106,000.
He indicated that meeting people annually is a constitutional obligation for the president which must be taken with “utmost seriousness”.
His words: “Section 222(15) of the 1997 constitution mandates the president to go round this country to meet the people” “ Kombo South is the life blood of politics in The Gambia. It’s not right for planners of the meeting to allocate only two speakers for this meeting because we have a lot of needs and concerns that we want to tell the president. I would like Adama Barrow to know that during the electioneering period the people of Kombo South were ready and waited for him here in this very place for 24 hours”. He cited his engagements with ministers in multiple areas for the development of Kombo south such as education, women empowerment, skills training, as well as a major health center to serve the Kombo South constituency.
The Kombo South MP and National Assembly Majority Leader disclosed that major towns and villages in his constituency will benefit from tarred road network linking Tujering, Kunkujang Mariama, Madiana and Brufut by end of 2019.
MP Barrow further disclosed that funds have already been secured by the ministry of Works and Infrastructure to build tarred roads linking Brikama, Busumbala, Kassa Kunda, Nyofelleh and Gunjur. Hon. Kebba K Barrow further called on the government to invest in maritime security in close concert with the ministry of interior to secure resources and communities along the coast of which he said Kombo south has many.
His words: “we will make it clear to the president that Kombo South is the hub of politics, as such we do not want anyone to bring chaos here”
The Majority Leader also urged the government to consider Kombo South for Gambia’s second port due to its strategic location that no other region offers.
On the fibre optic broadband network expansion, the MP appealed to the minister of Information and Communication to consider rolling this out to Kombo South to enable the young entrepreneurs and women have access to internet connectivity to help improve their businesses and livelihoods.
The Kombo South MP concluded by urging the people of the constituency to come together to protect Kombo South and the country as a whole.
Other speakers at the event included president Adama Barrow and cabinet ministers Dr Isatou Touray, Lamin Dibba and Ebrima Sillah and councillor Baboucarr Kanteh.