BAC commissions 7 vehicles worth over D8 million

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The management of Brikama Area Council (BAC), in collaboration with office of the West Coast Region governor, on Tuesday commissioned seven vehicles worth D8.5 million. 

The money is a loan from Trust Bank Gambia and repayable within three years.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, held at the governor’s office, Mam Sait Jallow, chief executive officer of BAC, said waste is a global problem especially in developing countries like The Gambia hence there is a need for concerted efforts to deal with it.

He said BAC has been struggling with increasing waste mainly due to rapid urbanisation and population growth.

He said West Coast Region, as one of the biggest regions of The Gambia, has about 700,000 inhabitants, representing 37.2% of the national population, according to the 2013 population census.

“The estimated amount of waste generated in this region is about 378 tons per day,” CEO Jallow said.  “There is a need to increase our capacity to be able to cope with the situation and to be more effective and efficient in the collection and disposal of these unwanted materials.”

He said it was in view of this that the council decided to purchase seven used waste collection vehicles: 2 compactor trucks, 2 10-wheel trucks, 2 6-wheel trucks and 1 septic tank.

“We are convinced that the acquisition of these vehicles will help in easing the ever-growing pressure on refuse collection and as well support community initiated self-help projects and programmes among others,” Mr Jallow said.

He warned the operators and drivers of the vehicles to handle them with “maximum care” so they could last long.

“You are as well strictly warmed not to engage these vehicles in any form of private use,” the BAC CEO told the drivers.

He also called on taxpayers to pay their taxes in time to enable the council fulfill its obligations.

Governor Ebrima Mballow of West Coast Region said the purchase of the vehicles was very timely as it was geared towards addressing the problems of waste management in the region, which has caused so much burden on the council over the years.

“With these vehicles, the issue of lack of enough waste collection vehicles will be a thing of the past,” he said.  “I wish to assure the people of this region, especially taxpayers, that the council will continue to play its part in the overall development of the region and its people.”

He also called on taxpayers to come out on time to pay their rates and taxes, for it is through regular payment that the council would be able to fulfill its obligations.

Governor Mballow also urged the management of the council to conduct regular maintenance on the vehicles.

Author: Fatou Dem & Abdoulie Nyockeh