By Muhammed L Bojang
The Brikama Area Council BAC in collaboration with its stakeholders has on Thursday, embarked on a general cleansing exercise at the Brikama Central Market.
Mr Modou Jonga, the Chief Executive Officer of the Brikama Area Council has outlined the need for a clean environment at the central market. He thanked the stakeholders for making the exercise a success story.
“A clean environment is very fundamental in ensuring sustainable health and we know the market caters for the entire population of West Coast Region and beyond. This collaboration with stakeholders to clean the market indicates our commitment in fulfilling our key mandate to ensure a clean and hygienic environment,” said Modou Jonga, the CEO of Brikama Area Council.
Jonga said the Brikama Market is very important as it is a commercial hub of the region and Cassamance, the southern part of Senegal.
He commended the Ginkon Foundation, Together Africa Gambia Organisation (TAGO), Youth Network For Global Goals together with the regional stakeholders such as National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), National Environment Agency (NEA) who supported the exercise with cleansing tools. He also commended the National Security Forces who joined the exercise while acknowledging the presence of the Governor of West Coast Region.
Mr Sheriffo Sonko, the Chairman of Brikama Area Council also expressed similar remarks, highlighting the importance of the exercise. He also thanked the Ginkon Foundation for their steadfastness in complementing the efforts of the Council through Kebba Madi Bojang and his team and also calls for a change of attitude towards the environment.
“This is very significant and I’m very happy with the outcome of the people as well and events like this will mitigate the challenges in waste collection. We need to change our attitude towards our environment in the ways and manner we manage our garbage, the way we dispose them,” Chairman Sonko said.
Mr Sonko similarly appeals to the central government to organise the monthly cleaning exercise “set settal” as the previous government was doing and also highlights the plans to continue the same exercise to other markets within the region.
Lamin Sanneh, the Governor of West Coast Region also thank God and the BAC with Ginkon Foundation for coming with this initiative.
“Brikama is the seat of the region, very big and densely populated having this exercise every week will be healthy. Looking at the market environment, the perimeter as a whole is messed up by the vendors, all of the rubbish are generated and thrown out everywhere,” Governor Sanneh stated.
Governor Sanneh said cleaning the environment should be everyone’s business because healthy environment is a good life more especially the market site.
Lamin Jammeh, the President of Together Africa Gambia Organisation (TAGO) said the organisation was registered in the Gambia in the year 2017 and also in 16 other African countries. He said they are partnering with Ginkon Foundation a charitable base organisation and also spearheading the cleaning exercise.
“This gives us the feeling and zeal to come out together as far as our women and young people are selling in the markets and the environment is our number one priority and this is first of its kind that we are embarking on a cleansing exercise. We hope to continue the exercise to tackle the challenges facing our environment and we intend to do another one next month,” Jammeh said.