Perhaps the most critical challenge for the women gardeners of the coastal town of Bakau is being overcome as constructions of a fence and boreholes at the Bakau Women’s Horticultural Garden have begun in earnest, thanks to The Gambian leader’s timely intervention. The 3.5 million Dalasi project is expected to benefit over 530 women.
The presidential benevolence has come at a time when women at the garden, most of whom depend entirely on horticulture for their livelihood, are in dire need of fencing the garden to keep intruders such as thieves and animals away.
The boreholes, when completed, will ease the painstaking process of drawing water from wells to water their garden produce.
“We want to thank the President and his government for coming to the aid of the Bakau women,” said Dodou Bojang, the Alkalo of the community. He said with the construction of the fence and the two boreholes, women would be relieved of the drudgery of constantly drawing water from wells.
According to him, there is high certainty of productivity for the women in terms of horticulture once the project is completed. “We are very grateful to the President and we want to thank him for his consideration of women”.
The Bakau Alkalo took the opportunity to applaud the President for refurbishing the Bakau Health Centre and transforming it from a minor to a major health centre. He said that the health centre now has doctors and adequate drugs, which he described as vital to the community.
Kalifa Jammeh, the National Assembly member for Bakau, described President Jammeh as the architect of modern Gambia, pointing out that his unreserved support for women of Bakau is always monumental and comes at the right time.
“Today, I can proudly stand and say that our concerns have now been addressed,” he said. He also expressed conviction that the intrusion of animals and thieves will no longer be a nightmare for the women.
On behalf of the women of Bakau, he thanked the President for his benevolence, while praying to the Almighty Allah to grant him good health and save our country from chaos.
Aja Isatou Kabba Jaiteh, a member of New Town development committee, also hailed the Gambian leader for solving their problem. “We are very grateful to the President and we want to assure him that the women of Bakau are behind him,” he said.
Alagie B. Touray, the contractor of the project, said the whole construction is expected to finish in 6 months.