Oct 6, 2009, 6:58 AM
National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) with support from the European Union
recently trained construction workers and community members within Jambar
Sanneh in Brikama, West Coast Region, on proper drainage management system and
Addressing the participants during the training, the West Coast regional disaster management co-coordinator, Binta Sey Jadama, said the project is aimed at empowering the waste management committee in promoting proper waste management and masons for village level operations and maintenance of drainage systems.
She noted that the role of the community is essential in the management of waste while advising them to take ownership of the project, stressing that they should serve as watchdogs to not allow people to be dumping solid waste indiscriminately in the drainage that may result in its blockage.
The chairman of Brikama Area Council, Bakary Saibo Sanneh underscored the importance of the training, citing the effects of disaster and its related issues on people.
He said proper waste management and handling is key in promoting environmental sanitation.
He advised the committee to be proactive to raise public awareness on the proper management and handling of solid waste and urged them to make use of the knowledge gained from the training.
The Chief Executive Officer of Brikama Area Council, Mam Sait Jallow, said the training of the masons would go a long way in solving immediate damages that may occur to the drainage during the raining season.
He reaffirmed his council’s resolve in working closely with the community to ensure the proper handling and sustainability of the project.