May 24, 2013, 1:06 PM
It is often said that “cleanliness is next to Godliness,” and that “public health is public wealth.”
Moving along the streets in the Greater Banjul area one could see both positive sights and non-pleasant environment.
Undoubtedly, our environment could tell who we are by its outlooks. And as such, it needs to be kept clean at all times.
Our highways always look nice whenever they are neat and tidy, but they also look very ugly when they get dirty.
This reminds us of the need to keep our surroundings clean at all times. And by so doing, we would be promoting our own health and well-being.
It is a collective responsibility of all and sundry to ensure that we keep our environment clean at all times.
It is really disheartening to hear some people say “no one owns the streets, so you can do whatever you like without anyone asking or raising an eyebrow.”
In fact, take a walk along our streets; you will see how some people dig waterways running from one end to the other, and thereby causing stagnant waters in and around the roadsides. Such waters mostly come from bathrooms, which in itself can cause serious health hazards.
This care-free attitude must be put under control in order to protect our environment from health-related hazards.
At this juncture, we again call on the public to keep participating in the national clean-up exercises and other voluntary environmental cleaning exercises.