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Taiwanese Ambassador Applauds Operation Clean the Nation

Jul 29, 2008, 12:09 PM | Article By: By Nfamara Jawneh

The Ambassador of Taiwan to the Gambia Richard Shih has hails the president's initiative of 'operation clean the nation'. He describes it as an excellent idea for people to clean the environment.

The Taiwanese diplomat made these remarks on Saturday at Denton Bridge where he mobilised his fellow countrymen in the Gambian and youth groups to respond to the president's call for people to clean their environment.

He called on people to maintain cleaning their environment on a regular basis. "Personally I am happy to be part of this noble exercise", he said.

Momodou Kotu Cham Secretary of State for Environment applauded the Taiwanese ambassador for the active participation in the exercise. The day he said will always be remembered. " This is highly commendable and worthy of emulation".

He called on other foreign missions in the country to also copy from the Taiwanese embassy.

Momodou B Sarr, Executive Director National Environment Agency (NEA) said that this months cleaning is unique and symbolic for that is the first time a an ambassador is participated not only funding but personally actively participated with his fellow countrymen. He reminds the public that throwing litres on the streets is now an offence.

Mr. Joseph Jassey, Permanent Secretary Defence also President Friends of Taiwan ICDF made similar remarks.

Meanwhile, at the end of the exercise the various three groups who participated where given cash prizes for collecting the heaviest, the most garbage collected and best efforts groups respectively.

In presenting the prizes on behalf of ambassador Shih, Mr. Su thanked all those who participated in the exercise. "We have made this part of the country the most cleanest and beautiful". The embassy also provided hundred T-shirts, lunch and water for those gathered at the site. At the end of the exercise all the materials used where donated to the NEA.