The National Environment Agency (NEA) on Tuesday donated cleansing materials to Barra Fire and Rescue Services (BFRS) at a ceremony held at the NEA complex in Kanifing.
The donated items included 2 garden forks, 2 rakes, 2 brooms, 2 cutlasses, 2 wheelbarrows, 2 spades and a dustbin.
Speaking at the ceremony, Momodou Jamma Suwareh, the acting Executive Director of the National Environment Agency (NEA), said waste management continues to be a critical issue for The Gambia especially the city of Banjul, Kanifing Municipality and even in the provincial growth centres of Barra, Brikama, Janjanbureh, Soma, Farafenni & Basse. He linked the problem to lack of proper final disposal sites, adequate equipment for storage, collection and transportation to low level of awareness.
Suwareh maintained that BFRS is well known for their active participation in the monthly Operation Clean the Nation (OCN) in addition to their relentless efforts in cleaning the beaches of the North Bank coastal settlement of Barra.
“I call on other habitants and visitors of Barra to uphold the daily cleaning of their environment so that the accumulation of waste would be minimised and thus promote their health status,” he added.
The NEA Director of Administration & Finance, Muhammed Denton, who dilated on the importance of proper waste management, hailed the Fire Officers at Barra for their tireless efforts in bringing sanity to the environment in the area.
On receiving the items, Balla Touray of Barra Fire and Rescue Services, thanked NEA for the move, promising that the materials would be properly kept and used for their purp.
by Binta Bah