The Coordinator of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has reminded Gambians about the ousted regime’s blessings. In a write published verbatim, Omar Amadou Jallow believed this was necessary to put the record straight for the benefit of all, particularly the younger Gambians.

PPP (30) YEARS DEVELOPMENT ACCOMPLISHMED IN THE GAMBIA 1965 TO 1994

Fellow Gambians, I am forced by historic circumstances to come up with this write-up to put the record straight for the benefit of all, particularly the younger Gambians.  Please take time and read it.

Since the AFPRC/APRC ascension to power from a Military take-over on 22nd July, 1994, many allegations, accusations and ill-remarks were leveled against the previous PPP government by members, officials and Party Militants of the AFPRC/APRC ruling council/government that during their 30 years of rule, they did not establish or construct anything in the Gambia compare to the 19 years of AFPRC/APRC rule.

During the 30 years of PPP rule, 1965-1994, they have established and constructed under “Acts of Parliament” and assistance from Donor Countries many public offices and public buildings in and around the Gambia which are herewith listed under the two headings namely-all of there were for the benefit of the people of the Gambia.

Public Offices Established by the PPP from 1965-1994

The Gambia Central Bank

The Gambia Commercial and Development Bank

The Gambia Port Authority

The Gambia Public Transportation Corporation

The Gambia Ferry Services

The Gambia National Trading Corporation

The Gambia Civil Aviation

The GUC/UHC/MSG

The Animal Health and Production Unit

The International Tryphano-Tolerant Center

The Radio Gambia

The seven Division Districts Area Councils

The Livestock Marketing Board

The Gambia National Army

The Gambia Law Reform Commission

The Gambia National Arts and Culture Center

The Gambia Technical Training Institute

The National Insurance Company

The Gambia Agricultural and Development Bank

The G.P.M.B-Cotton Gingery –Basse

The Social Security Housing and Finance Corporation

The President Office and Line of Ministries Offices

The Management Development Institute

The Gambia Telecommunication Company (Gamtel)

The Maintenance Service Agency (MSA) Kotu

The Gamworks

Children’s Village—Bakoteh (SOS)

All Government Departments

All Government Ministries

Jahaly Pacher

Rice Development Projects

Small Scale Development Projects

Low Land Development Projects

Forty Sales in the Gambia

Albert Market, Banjul

Central Abattoir Abuko

Public Service and Offices Buildings Constructed by the PPP from 1965-1994

The Gambia Central Bank HQ/Office Buildings

The Gambia Commercial and Development Bank HQ/Office Buildings

The Gambia Produce-Marketing Board (Constructed 7 Provincial Depots)

The Gambia Port Authority HQ/Office Buildings and Harbor

The Gambia Public Transportation Corporation HQ/Office Buildings and Depots

The Office of the President, Quadrangle, Banjul

Denton Bridge and Oyster Greek Bridge

The Brumen Bridge

The Supreme Courts HQ/Office Buildings

The Attorney Generals’ Chambers

The Gambia Police Force HQ/Quarters

The Banjul Police Barracks—New Lines

The Gambia Post Office HQ

The Yundum International Airport Complex

The Banjul/Barra Ferry Terminal

The Banjul Sewerage System

The Banjul Public Latrines

The MacCarthy Squire Stadium

The Royal Victoria Hospital (R.V.H) Children’s Wing

The Gambia School of Nursing

The Social Welfare HQ/Office Buildings

The National Independence Stadium, Bakau

The Kotu Power Plant

The I.T.C Complex—Sololo (C.R.D) Kerr Serign (KMC)

The Education Department Regional Offices

The Gambia National Army –Yundum Barracks

The Corporations Union Headquarters—Kanifing

The 82 Cooperation Managers Quarters Offices and Stores

The 82 Concreted Cooperation Seccos

The M.D.I Kanifing

The Gambia National Army –Farafenni Barracks

 

ROAD CONSTRUCTION

The Banjul/Serekunda Highway

The Brikama/Mansakonko Highway

The Soma/Basse Road

The Bassee/Fatoto Road

The Barra/Kerewan Road

The Sabiji/Kartong Road

13 Provincial Wharves/Jetties constructed from Albreda to Basse

Health Services in the Gambia in 1965-1994

From categories of health-care facilities were established after independence particularly after the “ALMA-ATER Declaration” Introducing primary health care throughout the world

1)    Village Health Workers and TRADITIONAL BIRTH ATTENDANTS were appointed in all villages in the Gambia to give healthcare attention.

2)    Over 400 health posts were established throughout the country for healthcare delivery by public nurses

3)    Forty-five Dispensaries and Sub-Dispensaries units were

4)    Major/Minor health centers—with funds from various donors were established

a)    People’s Republic of China: Farafenni, Kaur, Sami Karantaba and Kudang, Kutaur and Kiang Karantaba health centers

b)    British Government: Bakau, Serekunda, Essau, Kuntaya, Kerewan, Banjul Maternity wind, Refurbishing of R.V.H and Banjul Central Medical Stores

c)    Dutch Government: Provided a disabled centers at Marina Parade-Banjul, and the Social Welfare Office at the same venue

d)    Gambia Government:  Provided other health facilities in Bwiam, Brikama-ba, Bureng, Sukuta, and Georgetown.  The government also encouraged the establishment of health facilities by private individuals and NGO which are: Kololi Clinic, Ndebaan Clinic, Lamtoro Clinic, W.E.C Clinic, Sibanor Clinic, Chamen Clinic, Jajali Clinic,German Clinic, West Field Clinic, and Momodou Musa Njie Memorial Clinic.

e)    Italy: Serekunda, Farafenni, and Brikama Clinics, Bundung Health Center (Nov J & P Hospital), Yorobowol Clinic, Independent drive Clinic, Expansion of Basse Health Center and Basse Hospital

Water Resources

The PPP government constructed of 350 concrete-lined wells throughout the country funded by E.E.C Japanese, Italian, and Saudi Arabian Governments. Fifty of the wells have solar powered/generator powered reticulation (running water system) including overhead tanks.  The PPP government also encouraged the construction of similar wells by NGOs caritas, C.C.F and African Muslim Agency Muslim Aid.  Because of the aforementioned developments, all the big towns and villages in the Gambia have clean running water independent of NAWEC.

 

Fishing Industry

Fishing Centers were established in the following towns and villages, many of which were equipped with ice-plants.  All of the centers had fish drying and smoking facilities.  Fishermen were provided with boats, nets, outboard engines within a framework of revolving loans:Karting, Gunjur, Tanji, Brufut, Albreda, Barra, the ice-plant in Brikama, Jurunku, Salikene, Tankular, Kemoto, Tendaba and Bitant.

Tourism

At independence, there were two Hotels, namely: Atlantic and Adonis hotels.  The number now stands at thirty: the majority of the hotels from Wadner Hotel to Kairaba Hotel where done within the Tourism Development Area creation by the PPP government to facilitate hotel development in the Gambia.  This area that facilitates the participation of small-scale Gambia entrepreneurs were established in Banjul, Wadner beach, Sunwing, Fajara, Kotu, Senegambia, and Brikama.

Tourism Car Parks

Hotel car parks were also established in several hotel clusters-Atlantic, Wadner, Sunwing, Kotu, Fajara and Senegambia.

Hotel Training School

Hotel training school was established to give Basic to Middle Grade Training to hotel personnel

Establishment of Educational Schools/Training Centers in the Gambia

1950- 1964

Primary Schools

46

Secondary Schools

5

Vocational Training

1

1965 – 1994

Primary Schools

262

Junior

38

Senior Secondary Schools

17

Management Development Institute

1

Rural Development Institute

1

School of Nursing

1

Brikama College

1

Non-Formal Education Center

1

Cooperative Training Center

1

GTTI

1

Chamen Self-Development Center

1

National Agricultural Research Institute

1

In light of the forgoing, one with a clear conscience and good judgment will conclude that there were tremendous development made by the previous government without which the Gambia would not have been what it is today.

We continue to research to come up with more development projects and will publish them accordingly.

Mr. Omar A. Jallow (OJ)

……………………………

Coordinator of the P.P.P

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