EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Mayor of Gambia’s capital city, Banjul has told the National Assembly Select Committee on local government that his city council has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU ) with an international waste management company but implementation did not start yet.
Abdoulie Bah was visited by the select committee members alongside officials of the Ombudsman and the Independent Electoral Commission who were led by the Foni Kansala national assembly member Musa Amul Nyassi during the field visit.
During a discussion, Mayor Bah told officials that only implementation of the MOU is left as everything has been signed.
Regarding the management strategy for the dumpsite, Mayor Bah said when he came into office in 2013, several efforts were made regarding the dumpsite as it has become a nightmare to Banjul.
He said the council has signed a ten-year contract with the people in control of the site which is referred to as “pilot-project.”
According to him, waste recycling can bring a lot of support to Banjul especially the council as the energy can be sold to Nawec to reduce their fuel consumption. “As at now, we are owing 28 million Dalasis to Nawec.”
Mayor Bah said the dumpsite is expanding and is affecting the mangroves around it. “The dumpsite is causing some health hazard to Banjulians especially children.”
Bah said the council is doing its utmost best to regulate the dumpsite.