BAC signs, launch Senya project
Brikama Area Council (BAC) on Tuesday signed and launched a new project it conceived to provide a sustainable solution to one of the most prolonged problems and challenges facing the people of West Coast Region – lack of an effective waste mamagement service for the many household, commercial and industrial waste produced in the region.
The Coucil partnered with five companies (Jatta & Sons Waste Management Company, SetalGam Waste Management, Krocon Waste Management, Dankuto Waste Management, and BMM Waste Management) for the Seneya project signed and launched at its premises.
The partnership is set to provide effective waste management service delivery to people of the region at an affordable price, dependable and regular service.
The initiative is set to be piloted within Kombo North District and Farato in Kombo Central It is in line with Council’s strategic planning from 2022 to 2024 for waste collection management and sanitation. The strategic period is set to improve waste collection in the short and long term as well as eradicate indiscriminate dumping within communities.
The project is also expected to strengthen public-private partnership between Council and its partners for waste collection and disposal within WCR.
The waste collection project is set to commence on Wednesday 19 July 2023 from Kombo North District. It will provide weekly waste collection service to the piloted areas and expected to increase to twice a week in the near future.
Yankuba Darbore, chairman of Brikama Area Council said West Coast Region being the biggest and most populous in The Gambia is the most waste producing region.
“I encountered these challenges of our people during my campaign for the leadership of this council and it is often one of the most complained challenges of the residents of our region,” he explained.
“As a result, our people have been left to manage their waste on their own. This situation had compelled many of our residents to resort to dumping waste at any available space of convenient to them, which is a grave threat to our environment. Whilst those who thrive to have their waste collected regularly, do so at a huge financial cost,” he added.
He noted that it would be a daunting task or almost impossible for Council alone to be able to address the challenge of waste management in the region in the quickest possible time.
For that reason, he said his office engaged and reached out to the private sector business engaged in waste management services in their quest to finding a lasting solution to their waste management debacle.
Ida Jeng, a representative of the Governor of West Coast Region commened Brikama Area Council for the laudable initiative. However, she noted that cleanliness is the responsibility of everybody. She also congratulated the five companies and said she hope they will deliver as expected.