Feb 15, 2017, 10:43 AM
The issue of bushfires still continues to be a serious challenge to crack in our society, especially during this time of the year.
Whether reported or not, bushfires are still occurring in many parts of the country, while those behind the acts are nowhere to be traced most of the time.
But the consequences are many and severe not only to nature, but also to people and animals that rely on grass in the bush for their survival.
In most cases, bushfires have made people to lose their farm produce, while leaving uncountable animals starving.
The annual anti-bush fire campaign in the West Coast Region begun last Friday in the Fonis is another step that could boost the efforts.
We recommend that more community outreach programmes and sensitization activities be carried out nationwide.
We encourage every Gambian to join the anti-bush fire campaign in sensitising the masses in the country, particularly the youths.
Bush fires can be serious and, if not addressed adequately, can cause a big problem for our rural settlers, and the country as a whole.
It is a fact that bush fires are not caused naturally, but caused either by cigarette smokers inadvertently or bad elements or even people searching for honey.
The need to preserve our environment is very important, and there should be no compromise for those found wanting in creating the menace.
We also encourage our farmers to create bush fire belts in their communities, so as to prevent their houses and farm produce from being consumed by bush fires, when they occur.
We urge the public to report anyone found to be engaged in the practice of starting bushfires.
No doubt, implementing these measures would go a long way toward addressing the menace of bush fires in our country.
Finally, we urge people to change their attitudes in dealing with fire in our homes to avoid more disasters.