NA Health committee visits Ebo-Town, Bundung disaster hotpot sites

Monday, June 11, 2018

As rainy season approaches, the National Assembly select Committee on health, women, children, disaster, humanitarian and refugees on Saturday visited sites identified as disaster hotspots in Ebo-Town and Bundung. The team was accompanied by officials from the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA).

Chairman of the committee and member for Banjul North, Ousman Sillah said the visit was part of their oversight functions as a select committee to visit disaster hotpot areas in preparation for measures to be taken as the rainy season approaches. “We serve as an oversight body to ensure that policies of the state, laws and resources from tax payers are utilize according to law.”

He said they are mandated to visit all institutions that are under the purview of the committee. “This is our second day; we are going round to disaster hotspot areas because disaster is under our purview.”

Ngange Jeng, Kanifing Municipal Disaster Coordinator said “We started the visit at Ebo-Town here because this is among the major drainage within the municipality and all the running waters that are from Westfield highway passes through here.”

He said their key finding was to know what steps to take to clear the water channels for free flow during rainy season. “We are ready to work with the NA select committee on Health so that when they go back they can table it at the national assembly level.”

Fatoumata Jawara, vice chairperson of the select committee and member for Serrekunda East said, “We are performing our oversight functions as National Assembly select committee. I think the National Disaster Management Agency need to do a lot by mapping out some disaster hotspot areas before the rainy season comes.”

Author: Njie Baldeh