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toubab1020



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Posted - 31 Jul 2018 :  09:33:15  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I found this small snippet tucked away as a last paragraph in a completely different subject,the link is below,just one thing,I suspect that the NIMBY syndrome will raise its head among the people of Sanyang.

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"the Minister of Lands and Regional Government Musa Drammeh has announced a new disposal site in Sanyang to relocate the Banjul, KMC and Brikama Area councils’ dumpsites."

http://standard.gm/site/2018/07/30/vp-darboe-says-social-media-destroying-gambia/

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

toubab1020



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Posted - 01 Aug 2018 :  14:58:48  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
August 1, 2018

Following a brief inspection tour of the infamous Bakoteh dumpsite, His Excellency President Adama Barrow has suggested a lasting, sustainable solution to the environmental hazard posed by the waste disposal ground. He said the satellite communities suffer a great deal from the dangers of the dumpsite, not least the children’s orphanage just opposite it.

His cabinet members accompanying him to the dumpsite included Dr. Isatou Touray, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Lamin N. Dibba, Minister for Agriculture, Claudiana Cole, and Minister for Education, among other top government officials. The Mayor and his Senior Management Team were also at hand and they engaged in fruitful exchanges on the way forward.

“It is best if we hire a consultant to conduct a study and call a consultative workshop to map out a solution,” President Barrow said, telling the Mayor not to despair as promises made during campaigns come face-to-face with realities once in office. In the informal conversation that ensued between the President and Municipal officials, a visibly concerned President Barrow even proffered recycling of the waste into organic manure as an eco-friendly solution to the problem.

Speaking at a meeting held at Buffer Zone, the Mayor of the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC), Ahmed Talib Bensouda, said government’s support in handling the issue of the Bakoteh dumpsite is quite urgent. According to him, the Municipality is host to half-a-million people, with 50, 000 households.
Mayor Bensouda described President Barrow’s visit to the dumpsite “historic” as no other Gambian head of state ever did it despite reaching a crisis situation over a decade ago. The President wrapped his nationwide tour with meetings in the cities of Kanifing and Banjul.

“Waste management is our biggest problem in the municipality… KMC used to have a fleet of 30 tractors. Now, it is just 12 to serve the half-million residents,” Mayor Bensouda decried. He explained that is why the council needs government’s help to control the indiscriminate dumping around the city. The waste also clutters gutters and causes flooding, which is a source of public health menace when it rots within communities, he said.

“It costs the municipality D200, 000 per week to clear illegal dumpsites. This is why we are trying to acquire the 35 tractors under the jurisdiction of the Commission of Inquiry. When we do, it will create 1,000 jobs and facilitate door-to-door collection of waste in the municipality,” he added.
In Banjul on Friday, Mayoress Rohey Lowe lamented similar waste situations. Minister of Local Government, Musa Drammeh revealed that a site has been identified around the coastal settlement of Sanyang for a new waste dumpsite. Minister Drammeh assred that the new site will not only be used for a dumpsite but also as a recycling facility for a sustainable management.

http://standard.gm/site/2018/07/31/president-barrow-calls-for-national-consultative-forum-on-bakoteh-dumpsite/

Source: presidency

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Posted - 04 Sep 2018 :  14:35:51  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

At a press conference marking his first 100 days in office, the mayor of the Kanifing Municipal Council, Ahmed Talib Bensouda said his council, Brikama Area Council and Banjul Municipal Council have established an inter-municipal committee that would work on the eventual closure of Bakoteh dump-site and put in place a joint strategy for waste management.

Mayor Bensouda said in service delivery, there are numerous illegal dumps-sites in the municipality as a result of illegal dumping, mostly by donkey carts. “I have instructed the administration to continuously clear all illegal dumpsites. The Bakoteh dumpsite is causing serious environmental pollution and public health hazard to the residents of the communities surrounding the dumpsite,” he said.

Mr. Bensouda became mayor of Gambia’s most populated municipality in the May 12, 2018 Mayoral Elections under the United Democratic Party’s (UDP) ticket, scoring 29, 325 of the total votes casted in the municipality while his closest contestant Rambo Jatta of the APRC party candidate had 17,392 votes.

“I was sworn in on 21 May 2018 with a clear mandate to lead the Kanifing Municipality from the dark past of financial mismanagement, blatant corruption and abuse of office to a new era of transparency and accountability to the tax payers and the delivery of basic services to the residents of the municipality,” Mayor Bensouda said.

He said the council that he and his team inherited suffers from lack of human, technical and financial capital and capacity, saying these are challenges that they must overcome as administration of the community resources. “To do so, we need the support and participation of the community development for a joint effort that we all share.”

He said the council’s financial committee is comprised of accountants, auditors and experts in public financial, management, saying the former administration was operating a multitude of bank accounts, which was contrary to the local government finances and audit. “The new administration promptly commenced the process of closing down the accounts to maintain one council development fund account. We are going to operate only three accounts which vastly reduced the risk of maladministration.”
Author: Sanna Jallow
Source: Picture: Ahmed Talib Bensouda


http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/councils-to-work-on-the-closure-of-bakoteh-dumpsite-mayor-bensouda

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