Nov 6, 2012, 10:55 AM
The National Volunteers Association-The Gambia recently observed the World Environment Day through a cleansing exercise held at the Kotu Silo canal.
The cleansing exercise was also done alongside the nation’s monthly cleansing exercise (set settal) together with participants from the community.
The day also marked the launching of Tunza national branch of The Gambia, a network of organization under sustainable development and environment which was also held at the Latrikunda German ward.
Speaking to The Point, Latrikunda German Ward Councillor, Jerreh Sanneh described the significance of the exercise as the rainy season approaches where the community across the canal suffer from flood as heavy rains pour.
“Environmental sanitation is so significant to human lives,” he said.
National Volunteer Coordinator-The Gambia, Alhagie Ebrahima Mbowe, said they want to encourage volunteerism in complementing government’s efforts and that they are trying to getting all voluntary organizations under one umbrella.
Tunza Gambia national representative, Bubacarr A. Baldeh, highlighted the significant of the exercise describing the status of the canal.
He said the objective of the association was to strengthen youth organizations towards implementing environment and sustainable programmes.
UN volunteer programme officer Sarah Musilla showed interest in keeping the environment fit at the UN level, whiling he urged the community to avoid waste dumping.