Sanyang, Jambanjelly raise concern over ‘proposed new dumpsite’

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Residents of Sanyang and Jambanjelly villages in Kombo South have raised concern over a new area identified by government as the new proposed dumpsite serving the Greater Banjul Area. Government has identified an old quarry situated between the two communities as the proposed dumpsite.

 The move came after government’s fruitful engagements with the Istanbul Municipality in Turkey for technical assistance on the proper management of the site.

Pa Samba, the Public Relations Officer of the Village Development Committee in Jambanjelly, told The Point that his committee was informed of the new proposed plan which prompted his VDC to convene a meeting with all the concerned government authorities to remind them of the possible environmental impacts it might cause to the surroundings.

“We informed them that government’s intention to allocate a new dump site for the Greater Banjul Area in our community has really worried us as residents and even forced us to take a stance in convening a meeting of all the concerned government authorities. Our fears were similar to the problems at the Bakoteh dumpsite. I don’t know where exactly this proposed government dump site is situated at because the old quarry between Sanyang and Jambanjelly that they identified, cannot even serve the entire Kombo South let alone to talk about the Greater Banjul Area.” he said.

Lamin Bojang, Chairman of Village Development Committee in Sanyang, said the proposed decision by government would create another environmental damage to the area, making reference environmental issues confronted by residents around Bakoteh dumpsite.

The new proposed area, he went on, is already in the middle of the two communities and that the area is in fact fast becoming occupied by compounds.

“I don’t think the government should continue with their plan as this will only generate problems of waste management despite claims that it will be properly managed.”

Author: Yusupha Jobe