The mayor of Banjul Rohey Malick Lowe has finally met President Adama Barrow, a day after complaining to the press that she was not given access to speak to the president about the floods in the city. 

“I didn’t speak to him (the president) when these floods happened. I went through the protocol officer to help me speak to Barrow in order for me to report the destruction of the flooding because the health officer told me that the water is contaminated,” Lowe told reporters in Banjul over the weekend. 

However on Sunday, Lowe met the president whilst he was on a tour of flood-hit areas in Banjul. 

Barrow was accompanied by Hadim Gai, the contractor overseeing the construction of Banjul infrastructure including roads and the drainage system. 

Gai had come under sustained attacks from some sections of the city who blamed him of making a shoddy job of the city roads and drainage construction work. 

They called on Barrow to prosecute him after last weekend’s floods submerged part of the city. 

Some areas are still submerged in flood  waters despite efforts to pump water out of the city. 

Banjul is a low lying city which scientists have said is prone to devastating floods due to climate change and that if measures are not taken to protect the city, it will be submerged in water by 2050.

Meanwhile President Barrow used the Banjul trip to settle the ongoing dispute between Lowe and Gai, who were not in good terms over the city reconstruction project. 

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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