GCAA, others clean airport premises
Monday, October 19, 2009
As the much awaited tourist season draws closer, the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority,(GCAA) in collaboration with the satellite villages around the Banjul International Airport, on Saturday, 17th October, embarked on a massive clean-up excercise at the premises of the Airport.
The exercise according to the GCAA director of operation, Catherine Nying, is necessary because the Airport is the first point of entrance to The Gambia; as such the place needs to be clean so that those coming into the country will embrace the good image of the country. He observed that first impression is always important if visitors are not pleased with the first thing that they see in the country, it is always difficult to convince them about the hospitality of the people. "We at the airport, despite the NEA's monthly clean-up exercise, always bring together all the sections and conduct our own clean-up exercise.
But this is the first time that we invited the surrounding villages; namely, Lamin, Banjulunding, New Yundum, Makunbaya, Kubariko and Baby Mariama Jammeh Fans club from Tabokoto, to join us," she remarked
For his part, Malick Cham, the director general of GCAA, said that the first impression that one has for a country is created through place of entrance. "As the airport is the main entrance of this country, I think we should always maintain it clean," Cham concluded. Yama Njie-Jammeh, the president of Baby Mariama and Muhammed Jammeh Fans clubs, who also doubles as the youth mobilizer of Tabokoto, said they came to the airport because the tourist season is about to start and as such her group wants to help in improving the condition of Gambia's main entrance. The ocassion was also graced by the paramount chief and elders of the various communities.
Author: by Nfamara Drammeh