The National Disaster Management Agency with support from the European Union recently trained construction workers and other members of the community of Jambar Sanneh ward in Brikama, West Coast Region, on proper drainage management and maintenance.
Addressing the participants at the training, the West Coast Regional Disaster Management Coordinator, Binta Sey Jadama said the project is aimed at empowering waste management committees and masons in promoting proper waste management and maintenance of drainage systems at grassroots level.
She emphasised that the role of the community is essential in the management of waste, while advising participants to take ownership of the project.
The WCR Disaster Management Coordinator stated that participants should serve as watchdogs; not to allow people to dump solid waste indiscriminately in the drainage system that may result to its blockage.
The Chairman of Brikama Area Council, Bakary Saibo Sanneh underscored the importance of the training, while highlighting the effects of disaster and its related issues on people.
Proper waste management and handling, he stated, is key in promoting environmental sanitation. He thus advised the committees to be proactive in raising public awareness on the proper management and handling of solid waste.
The BAC Chairman equally urged participants to make the best use of the knowledge gained.
The Chief Executive Officer of Brikama Area Council, Mam Sait Jallow believes that the training will go a long way towards solving immediate drainage problems that may occur during the rainy season.
He expressed his council’s resolve to work closely with communities to ensure sustainability of the project.
by Samba Jawo