Sep 10, 2020, 1:20 PM
The community of Berending in the Lower Niumi district recently embarked on a community road rehabilitation exercise on the village feeder road connecting the main highway.
His Excellency President Adama Barrow’s keynote address for the launching was read by the Honorable Minister of Environment, Climate, Change and Natural Resources, Mr. Lamin B. Dibba.
Upon the launching, the African Union issued a press release by Her Excellency Ambassador Joseafa Leonal Correia Sacko, Commissioner, Department for Rural Economy and Agriculture; and it reads:
“My fellow Africans! I am pleased to issue this press briefing at the launch of the Inaugural Africa Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. As you might be aware, disasters have become a recurrent phenomenon in Africa and the Africa Union wants to ensure that countries are prepared to minimize the losses from these natural hazards hence the DRR Unit embarked on this work. This is the first report since the adoption of the Programme of Action for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 by the African Union.
As you might have observed in the presentation during the launch, this Report covers the period 2015-2018, using 2015-2016 as the baseline. It measures Africa’s progress on 12 targets (7 global and 5 specific to Africa). Among these targets are reduction of disaster mortalities, economic losses, losses to critical infrastructures and disruption of basic services, increasing domestic resources allocation.
Comparing the two periods (2015-2016) and (2017-2018), the report highlights the following:
As evidenced in the summary above, disasters are on increase and driven mostly by climate change and variability. Natural degradation is also adding another layer to the occurrence of hazards, facilitating even viruses such as Coronavirus to cross species boundary in order to infect humans.
The AU Commission is committed to reducing disaster risks and losses. As an Agronomist, I associate resilience with food security. One of my priorities has been building resilience to Disaster and Climate risks which continue to impact our continent. Drought, floods and pests are some of the hazards threatening food security in Africa. In my interactions with African Ministers responsible for Disaster Risk Reduction at global and Africa’s fora, I have always insisted that Disaster Risk Reduction is a matter of survival and that resilience building must be our ways of life.
In conclusion, I call upon our member states and RECs to continue to put more efforts on reducing disaster risks and further request our development partners to enhance collaboration on disaster risk reduction.”
Hansen Seafood Company Limited, a fish processing company that has been operating in The Gambia since 2018 yesterday, Sunday supported over 80 of its employees with bags of rice, sugar and 10kg of fish each.
In the drive to curtail the spread of corona virus in local communities, Brikama Area Council in collaboration with The Gambia Red Cross Society on Sunday embarked on a mass fumigation exercise targeting markets, mosques, churches and radio stations within Kombo Central, North, South and East.
The Gam House of Fashion on Saturday briefed journalists ahead of its forthcoming fashion night slated for 9th July 2021 at the Penchami hall.