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toubab1020



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Posted - 10 Jul 2018 :  20:02:34  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This again from The Standard Newspaper,they do seem to be getting the news before other publications,this in particular shows hopefully what will be achieved in the NEW GAMBIA of the future,it has long been an accepted practice that dumping YOUR rubbish in rainwater gullies dosn't harm anyone,NOT TRUE the gullies become open sewers ,and when blocked with rubbish cause flooding.Children PLAY in the filth...and so on ............Dear Reader get the idea I am certain.

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Banjul City Council in partnership with the Gambia Transport Union and Gambia Armed Forces recently started a massive cleaning exercise that is designed to last for a month or so as the rainy season commences.
The cleaning is being conducted in three different areas namely Grant Street, Lesso Wharf and Banjul North commonly known as Tobacco Road.

Speaking during one of the exercises, the Public Relations Officer at the BCC Sandigie Njie, said the exercise was meant to clean and prioritise vulnerable areas to floods.
“As we all know that the raining season has commenced, we are trying to prioritise the areas that are susceptible to floods”.
CEO Mustapha Bachilly of the BCC urged Banjulians to take up responsibility of the City by promoting such exercises.

“The Council can’t do it all alone. Let Banjulians take responsibility in keeping the city clean.”
The military leaders from Fajara and Yundum Barracks also took part in the event.
Lieutenant Jerreh Manneh, who led the team from Fajara Barracks under the Gambia National Guards, said: “We are here as instructed by our command to join hands with the BCC in this exercise, knowing full well that without a clean environment people’s health might be in danger.
“It is our responsibility as Gambians to help in cleaning the environment at any given time.”
Captain Lamin Sambou from the Defense Head Quarters in Yundum, said “a city has to be clean especially our capital city Banjul; that’s why we came here as instructed to us, to give a helping hand to Banjul City Council to clean the water ways.”

The president of The Gambia transport union Omar Ceesay assured the council of his union’s unflinching support and backing, adding that their doors are open for any development process in the country.
Councilors from Portuguese and Jollof Town Wards, Babu Jack and Abdoulie Gaye Boss, respectively, called for attitudinal change towards the environment.
“As councilors we will now take an action towards illegal dumping in the waterways. We all see Banjul is very dirty, even if we spend five years of cleaning it, it will not be easily realised, unless we change our attitudes.”

http://standard.gm/site/2018/07/10/banjul-on-massive-cleansing-exercises/

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

toubab1020



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Posted - 10 Jul 2018 :  20:22:02  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Culled from the Archives, a report in The Daily News which I quoted back in 2011 on Bantaba in Cyberspace . Do have a read if you are bored !!

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Subject: Attitudinal change.
Posted on: 27 Jan 2011 21:07:52
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I have been banging on about this for ages, at last the Daily news has decided it thinks along the same lines as myself.

Attitudinal Change Is Needed for Economic Emancipation
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
http://dailynews.gm/africa/gambia/article/attitudinal-change-is-needed-for-economic-emancipation
The steady rise in the price of basic commodities in The Gambia is becoming more threatening day by day. For the past decade and a half, The Gambian consumers are painfully struggling to keep their head-up against the rising tide of growing economic uncertainties. Unfortunately, many are drowned. Only few families can now afford the daily three square daily meals for their families. Increasing number of households are living less than a dollar a day. All this, is as a result of dramatic skyrocketing of commodity prices in the market.
Yet, the income of majority Gambians, if not all, stands far below what they consume. A reasonably high number of workers cannot even buy them a bag of rice from their monthly income at the end of the month.
However, despite economic hardships, it appears that there are a group of both private and public officials who are not at all, affected. These people could be driving luxurious cars, spending extravagantly, apparently at the expense of the poor taxpayers. Our nation needs urgent attitudinal change for economic emancipation of all and sundry, especially the majority poor.
There is a very bad tendency developing in The Gambia. The people have become so selfish that are very insensitive to the concerns of other people out of the boundaries of their immediate families. No Gambian family is better than the other; thus the national ought to be shared equitably. There is no wealthy person in this country that can cater for everybody’s need. But to have a public spirit, is fundamental for the economic emancipation of a society.
This is why we had some people who preferred to die for others to live a descent life; suffered for others to enjoy; and bore the burden of poverty for their children and children’s children to be economically emancipated. No society can economically excel through a “monkey work baboon eat,” system. There must be fully implemented policies that give the people a fair share of the national cake.
The society we live today is ruined by greed and dishonesty. The poor become the hardest hit. They are the people who cannot afford to bribe anybody for what bad thing they do and those who can cover their evil deeds are treated as saints.
A society where the less privileged ones are treated like savages, while the privileged are treated as the best of God’s creation become characterised by a “criminal trying a criminal”. In such situations those who prosecute and try others for crimes commit more serious crimes than the defendants they try.
Constructing a just society is the bedrock of any development. Leaders have to be very considerate as far as the concerns of citizens are concern. They should ensure that heads of institutions in the country are delivering up to expectation. This can be gauged by the performance of each institution or department and find out what they lack and need to improve upon.
History teaches us that when human beings lived in caves, in the forest, property was owned in common. No one person grabbed lands to take ownership of it. They collect fruits, hunt for animals, which they used for food and used animal skin as clothes. But when minds started to be conquered by greed, others controlled certain parts as their own properties.
As time went on, some become kings and queens and the rest became slaves and subjects. This belief developed into a caste system in many parts of Africa and it gave birth to class system in other parts of the world. The lack of developing this system into a new way of advancing the world wrecked some societies that refused to make good use of modern knowledge.
Some ruthless leaders do not even feel embarrassed to live in the past so that they can enjoy like leaders of barbaric society to become lords of their people instead of being the servants.
We are in a generation that awareness is a pre-requisite for human advancement. No person should place his or her hope in a human savior. People have to be their own saviors, but only if they know what and who they are. Otherwise they will be robbed off their own hard earned resources and continue to be beggars and strangers in their own land.
The best way to change a system is not by being a system man or system woman but to be capable of creating a better system.


"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

Edited by - toubab1020 on 10 Jul 2018 21:02:39
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