Oct 31, 2008, 6:53 AM
The donated materials included wheelbarrow, cutlasses, hand forks, hoes, spade and rakes.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the barracks in Essau, Alasan Keita, Director of Planning and Development at Kerewan Area Council, thanked the security for their participation in the monthly cleansing exercise.
Keita noted that the presentation of materials and tools would greatly facilitate their environmental sanitation.
In receiving the materials, Lieutenant Lamin Fatty of Essau and Barra Military Barracks thanked Kerewan Area Council for their generosity in complementing the men and officers of the barracks to enhance their participation in the national cleansing exercise.
He made assurance of their optimal use of the donated materials and called on people to value monthly cleansing exercise by coming out in numbers to clean, whilst reminding shop keepers to desist from littering the surrounding with rubbish.
Monthly cleaning has no connection with party politics and therefore everyone should build ownership, he said, noting that clean environment promotes health care.
Lamin Jarju, Regional Environmental Officer, applauded members of the security forces for their swift response to national cleansing days.
He said sound environmental sanitation contributes to the reduction of diseases and improves human health.
Ousman Njie, VDC representative of Essau, and Sambou M. Sonko Essau ward councilor, both echoed similar sentiments and called on people to desist from indiscriminate dumping of waste.
The community’s representative expressed concern about rubbish dumping at marketplaces and urged market vendors to adopt proper management of waste.
Sambou M. Sonko, Essau ward councilor, thanked the council for their support to the army, saying the active participation of the army demonstrated their commitment to the exercise.