The Banjul International Airport Cooperative Credit Union (BIACCU) on Thursday donated ten big container dustbins to The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and five others to The Gambia International Airlines (GIA) as part of their efforts in ensuring a clean, safe and healthy environment of the country’s entrance and exit point.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the BIACCU, Mr. Babucarr Fatty said his office has a responsibility to play not only to mobilise resources but to also fulfill it’s cooperate social responsibility. In giving back services, he said his office is working on three programmes namely; social performance, cooperate social responsibility, and being sensitive to the environment.
Mr. Fatty told the gathering that the two institutions were targeted for the donation because of their support to the union. “We are operating under the GCAA and GIA of which 95 percent of our members are from; without them, BIACCU will not function. We have been housed by the GIA for so many years, therefore, we should not always be receiving but to also give back to social services,” Fatty said.
“We at BIACCU feel that we should be sensitive to our environment because a healthy environment is a wealthy state. We have no doubt that the dustbins will be put into good use.”
Nuha Sanneh, the Central Financial Facility Form Manager of the National Association of Cooperative Credit Unions The Gambia (NACCUG) expressed delight and thanked BIACCU for the initiative. He also tasked other credit unions and institutions to emulate BIACCU in giving back to social services.
“The importance of these dustbins cannot be overemphasised in the waste management of the Airport. This should be a publicity platform for others to emulate,” he said.
In receiving the items at the GCAA, Mr Abdoulie Colley, the Director of Airport Operations thanked BIACCU for what he called a timely intervention. “When it comes to aviation, we make sure that the environment is clean. GCAA attaches high importance to sanitation which is embedded in the management’s programme. We are in the rainy season and very soon we will enter the tourist season which is an important sector of the economy, therefore, if the waste is not [properly] managed, it can attract birds and wild animals which is a treat to us,” he said.
Fabakary Kalley, the Airport Manager also thanked BIACCU for donating them with dustbins meant to help in waste management. “Many may think that the GCAA has money, but there are things difficult to handle at the GCAA,” Kalley noted. He further challenged BIACCU to continue on the initiative.
At the GIA, the Head of Internal Audit, Mr Jaiteh M. Faal and Administration & Human Resource Manager, Abdourahman Badjie, both expressed appreciation to the gesture and commended BIACCU for the foresight and further promised to continue their support to the credit union.
by Meita Touray