(JollofNews) – As part of efforts to tackle the uncontrolled spread of settlements in the country, Gambia government has expressed its resolve to put a halt to poorly planned urban development. Settlements
along the airport perimeter fence also topped the agenda of cabinet discussions as the phenomenon continues to pose safety threats to airport.
“Other discussions centered on cabinet’s concern over the proliferation of settlements near the perimeter fence of the Banjul International Airport and the dangers posed to aircraft by domestic birds and animals reared by some residents,” reads a news dispatch issued today by Information Ministry, highlighting the points that were discussed during last Thursday cabinet meeting, which was presided by President Adama Barrow.
The cabinet meeting was punctuated by the presentation of two papers by the Minister of Lands and Regional Governments as the first one, which was endorsed by the 2nd Sen-Habitat Conference held in Dakar, Senegal in October 2017, highlighting the problems of rural-urban migration and the problems of inadequate social amenities confronting cities and urban areas. Like many underdeveloped countries, Gambia is confronted with rapid urbanization, bringing major challenges and problems in the housing sector.
Government vowed  to take appropriate measures in order to address the matter, the news release added. “Cabinet reacted positively to a proposal for the government to engage UN Habitat, Shelter Afrique and
other relevant institutions for support to develop a comprehensive policy particularly in seeking housing solutions for low-income earners.”
Owning a home is one of the biggest challenges that Gambians are faced with. While real estate developers continue to provide houses beyond the reach of low-income earners, the move taken by government is expected to put an end to the inflation of housing costs, and regulate urban growth through proper master planning.