The National Environment Agency (NEA) recently concluded a two-day training for Custom officers and other security officers on Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). It was held in Janjangbureh, CRR South.
Speaking on behalf of the Governor, the Deputy Governor Alh. Malang Saibo Camara underscored the importance of the training, noting that environmental issues are topical on the global agenda.
He said as law enforcement agents they have an important role to play in the fight against the consumption of refrigerants that do not only contribute to the depletion of the Ozone layer, but also contribute to the warming of the earth.
The said refrigerants, the Deputy Governor added are used in our offices, fish processing factories to name a few.
He applauded the management and staff of the National Environment Agency for organising such an important training.
The Director of Inter-sectoral Network Services, Muhammed Suwareh, called on participants to take the training seriously, and expressed hope that it would ensure effective service delivery.
The two-day training, Suwareh went on, will also equip participants with the knowledge of how to identity Ozone Depleting Substances and to be able to monitor and control traders of such harmful substances.
He thanked the United Nations Environment Programme for funding the training.
The Programme Officer, Ozone Unit, Alhagie Sarr, challenged the participants to make best use of the training and also organise in-house training for their staff in their various units.
He expressed confidence that the training would ensure the reduction of harmful substances in our environment.
by Lamin SM Jawo