The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in collaboration with the European Union (EU) recently held a three-day training for masons on how to operate and repair drainage systems in Bansang, Upper Fulladu West District, CRR south.
The drainage, sanitation and waste management project is funded by EU and being implemented by NDMA.
At the opening of the training, the Regional Disaster Management Coordinator, Bubacarr Fofana said the trainings were in two phases: the first was the training of masons based within the community on how to maintain the drainage system when the project phases out; and the second is the training of the community waste management committees to ensure sustainability when the project phases out.
He explained that the committees would serve as vigilante; to make sure that the drainage system is in order and to conduct regular cleaning exercise in order to avoid flood.
Fofana thus urged participants to take ownership of the project for sustainability.
He then called on the committee to conduct more sensitisation in the community for people not to throw waste in the gutters in order to keep the drainage system functional, thereby avoid disaster.
He said Bansang is one of the disaster hotspots and this is why the drainage sanitation and waste management project is being implemented in that area. He therefore advised the community of Bansang to contact Physical Planning for advice, when they want to build structures, to help them avoid settling on the water ways.
NDMA regional coordinator commended the European Union for collaborating with the Government of The Gambia in funding the Bansang disaster hotspot area.
Stepping in for participants, one Musa Bojang from Water Point Company, underscored the importance of the project, noting that it will prevent the town from flooding.
He urged participants to make best use of the knowledge and techniques acquired during the three-day forum.
The Alkalo of Bansang, Alhagie Kebba Kora; and the ward councilor, Nuha Jawara, both applauded NDMA and EU for coming to their aid, and described the project as timely and relevant.