Barrow and Sall to discuss fate of trans-Gambia bridge, security in Cassamance

president-adama-barrowThe Gambia’s new president Adama Barrow will have his first oversee trip to neighboring Senegal on Thursday since taking power in the small nation.

Barrow who is expected to hold a press conference in Dakar at 12 p.m. will have discussions with Macky Sall on the fate of the Trans-Gambia Bridge and security in the southern region of Senegal, Cassamance.

Barrow revealed the two agendas for his Senegal trip on February 18 as he formally takes oath of office on Gambian soil following his swearing in at the Gambian embassy in Senegal.

“… My first trip as a head of state will be to Senegal so that we could discuss and conclude on matters such as the Sene-Gambia bridge, our common borders, the status of the Senegalo-Gambian Secretariat and other outstanding issues. We want the relation between the two countries to be a model for African integration,” Barrow said in his independence address.

For more: Bridge augurs new era in Gambia-Senegal ties

 He is expected to leave Gambia at 10 a.m. in the morning.

The building of the Trans-Gambia bridge has been a talking point between the two nations since independence without much success.

In 2014, the two governments agreed to build the bridge after securing a grant from the African Development Bank for the project.

Work commences on the bridge until in late 2015 to early 2016 when work stopped due to problems between Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh and Sall.

Conservationists in Gambia has expressed concerns that the building of the bridge might affect the navigability of the Gambia River.

However, the contractors say the bridge will be 16 meters tall thus reaching the height of a three-story building.

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