Academic and Physical Development (CAPD), in collaboration with Masgid Lulua and
the community of Bakoteh Saturday conducted a grand cleaning exercise
(Set-Setal) from Bakoteh Bantaba to the Fish Market.
Speaking at the cleaning ground, Sulayman A.S. Manneh, Director and founder of the Children Academic and Physical Development, said that the organisation started to operate on 23 November 2016 with the objective of encouraging children between the ages of 7 to 8 in terms of academic performance and physical development.
Modou Nabaan, Secretary General of Children Academic and president of Masgid Lulua, said one of the reasons why the organization was formed was to safeguard the welfare of children lacking in societies.
“Cleanliness is next is next to Godliness,” he said, adding that to clean their streets was not entirely the responsibilities of the government and in order to serve the community physically, they decided to conduct cleaning exercise among many other things.
He revealed that the cleaning exercise was part of the action plan for the year, which also includes debates, symposium and Islamic conferences.
For his part, Hon. Madi M.K. Ceesay, National Assembly Member for Serrekunda West, said cleaning the environment was not entirely the responsibility of citizens themselves, though there are fixed institutions in place that is the local council.
According to him, local area council is solely mandated to make sure that the tax paid is converted to the people in the form of development that includes the cleaning and care of public properties.
The Alkalo of Bakoteh, Metta Jassay, said cleanliness is part of the development, adding that he was very pleased to see the youths taking up their responsibilities by rendering service to the society, which was a great achievement.