The National Environment Agency (NEA), on Wednesday donated sanitary materials to the Banjul City Council (BCC), aimed at reinforcing their longstanding partnership in protecting the environment.
The materials that included waste-bins, wheelbarrows, spades, machetes and long-brooms, were received by the Mayor of Banjul, Alhaji Abdoulie Bah on behalf of the Council. The efforts are also aimed at making Banjul a cleaner city and an attractive public health environment.
Handing over the materials, Ndey Sireng Bakurin, the Executive Director of the NEA, who described the bicentenary year for Banjul as a celebration year, said BCC has been a genuine partner in environmental protection. NEA efforts, she said, is complementing BCC’s service in ensuring a good public health.
She opined that putting resources together could only make a difference in protecting the environment, as she called on the BCC to help her Agency in implementing the antilittering laws. To do that, she outlined the need for extensive sensitisation within the Council –something she believed could lead to attitudinal change.
She informed the gathering that the NEA and stakeholders continue the efforts to galvanize national support for initiatives that are geared towards cleanliness and creating awareness of the general public in the spirit of promoting, protecting and conservation of the environment.
“We hope that these materials will go a long way in promoting behaviroural change that will help in the waste situation in Banjul,” she said.
The Mayor of Banjul, Alhaji Abdoulie Bah, acknowledged the gesture, while thanking the NEA for being very helpful since he took over the Office of Mayor in the area of environmental protection.
He described the efforts of the Agency as geared towards complementing the BCC’s crusade in making Banjul a cleaner city. “The items we are receiving are going to help us protect the environment to the best of our ability,” he said.
The Mayor further outlined efforts the BCC is undertaking in making sure that areas in Banjul become no more illegal dumping sites, saying the Council has instituted and tasked antilittering inspectors within the Council.
The role of these inspectors, he said, is to inspect around and curb illegal dumping within the city. “This is an achievement,” he said. “Because it’s to ensure that things are done in line with your mandate as an Agency.”
The Banjul Mayor equally called for attitudinal change, noting that it’s an obstacle to environmental protection. He therefore, called on the courts to implement the antilittering laws, which he said, would have no involvement of the Council.
He finally called on all Banjulians, particularly the councilors, to commit themselves to working hand-in-glove with the NEA for a more protected environment for the new generation.
Mustapha Batchilly, the Chief Executive Officer of BCC, said NEA has been working with the BCC since its inception, describing their partnership as a worthy course. He acknowledged that the sanitary materials would help make Banjul a cleaner city.
by Bekai Njie