By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT
Yesterday the people of Banjul and Box Bar Ward lead by Councillor Aziz Dabakh Gaye embarked on a whole day cleaning exercise to remove waste clogging up their gutters. This is all part of the Clean and Green Initiative which has now been completed for the sixth time.
With support from the NEA, RVTH and concerned Gambians it begs the question what is the Banjul City Council doing to support such initiatives and is the Council up to the task of providing similar cleaning services to other wards in Banjul?
Below is the statement written by Box Bar Cllr Aziz Dabakh Gaye thanking volunteers and all who contributed in cash or kind in making the 6th Green and Clean initiative “the most successful one”.
“Earlier Today [yesterday], March 16th, Dozens of volunteers fanned out across Communities to participate in the Clean And Green Initiative here in Banjul. This would be the 6th and most successful one we’ve done so far. The most commendable thing that happened was the honour we had to host two of the most dynamic Councillors from their various Councils/Wards. My Brothers Hon. Cllr Sulayman Jammeh of Bundung Six Junction Ward (Kanifing Municipal Council) & Hon. Cllr Ousainou Mahanera of Gambisara Ward. Today they’ve demonstrated that their interest is that of the entire Country and not just parts of it, despite their Various Municipalities and Parties. In a time when there’s a lot owed to our Communities, the only option we have is to organise and deliver services for them. We are for the People.”
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them all, PUBLICLY, for donating their time and energy to make our streets cleaner and more attractive for everyone. The volunteers De-clogged Gutters, picked up litter and trash, painted pavements and placed Street bins. Volunteers also gave up their weekend or take off from work and school to just give back something to the community and to keep the Environment clean.
Their dedication is testament to the high regard our Community residents place in their communities.
My Co Banjul City Councillor Hon. Tunko Jammeh, Our well organised and Action Oriented Group in Banjul DOC-BJL were present in their numbers, The Gambia Ocean Heroes, Plastic Recycling Gambia Ltd and Primet Youths were also among the participants in the Clean And Green Activities. We are extending a heartfelt thanks to them and everyone else we’ve forgot to mention.”
“Finally to our Donors from the Community who thought it necessary to donate Cartons of Water and Lunch for Volunteers, the RVTH for lending us a Tractor, National Environment Agency (NEA) for the Cleaning Materials used, Our Brother From Madison for the Cleaning Gear, My brothers Ebrima Jawo and Counsel Sal Taal (YouthMan) e.t.c we are indeed very grateful.
One thing I do know for sure is that there is no power for change greater than a Community discovering what it cares about.
#CommUNITY #LitterFree #CleanAndGreen
#ServiceAboveSelf #BoxBarWard #Banjul”