‘Golden Lead poses no threat to Gunjur environment’

The minister of information Demba Jawo has said that the presence of the Golden Lead plant in Gunjur poses no threat to the environment.

Below is his statement:
There has been a lot of debate surrounding some environmental issues involving Golden Lead, the Chinese fish processing plant in Gunjur. Of course the government welcomes public debate on issues of national concern and the environment is one such issue.

Therefore, it is incumbent on the government to clarify the situation so that the public would get the correct picture rather than depending on rumours and innuendos.
The government is of course as concerned as everyone else about any threat to the environment in Gunjur and everywhere else in the country.

Therefore when people started raising concern about possible pollution of the environment by the discharge of the waste from the plant, the National Environment Agency (NEA) not only made sure that the plant properly treated the waste before it was discharged into the sea but the Agency also took samples of the treated waste to one of the most reputable labs in Africa, the Pasteur Institute in Dakar for testing, and the results showed that the treated waste was not toxic and therefore posed no environmental hazard either to the community or to the flora and fauna.

However, the NEA did not only stop there but insisted that the waste pipe is extended to a minimum of 350 metres into the sea in order to minimize any possibility of the waste getting back on the beach, and we are made to understand that the pipe has gone well beyond that distance.
Therefore, the people of the community of Gunjur and its surroundings are being reassured by the government that there is no threat to the environment from the activities of Golden Lead plant and that the NEA and all those concerned will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that any possible breach of the status quo will be promptly addressed.

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  1. Sellout. Liar. Demba Jawo you trampled on the demands of your people because you receive China Monies
    Sorry to say but you are very arrogant fool.

  2. Jawo was cavalier with truth and a big disappointment for the struggle that help to usher in new government imbued with our aspirations for an unaccountable and honest system. Our fears have been realised as African politicians are selfish and short-sighted bloated with greed and self perpetuation at the detriment of their people and environment. Shame! shame! shame! on Demba Jawo and his aloof president. May ALLAH failed them as they failed Gunjur.

  3. The awful Barrow administration’s arguments pronounced by Demba Jawo do not tally with the need of the Gunjur people, in a wider spectrum the Gambian people. The employment argument should not be prioritized to jeopardize the health of thousands of Gambians. What is our priority? The employment of a handful of Gambians or the long term health conditions of our people?
    The Gunjur activists should not rely on this INEPT, INEFFICIENT, CORRUPT Barrow administration for a solution. Those who should come into the game have already swallowed their kickbacks and would never utter a word to salvage our people from these environmental, economic and social hazards. Closing that dangerous plant will not send our people hungry. NEVER! Instead it would maintain and improve their already fragile health and allow them to use the Atlantic Ocean for their own economic gains. It’s only then that the administration can open channels that would allow our youth to use the fishing industry from a genuine Gambian development perspective. That would be a real sustainable development plan. Let’s always remember the lives of the future generations!
    Barrow, Amadou Sanneh, Ousainou Darboe and all that clique of CORRUPT and SELFISH people have quickly looked into the welfare of their children and close family buddies by sending them abroad for further studies (their future, of course) thereby denying the children of the poor the same opportunities. They are quickly in shaping the lives of their own children!
    Why wait for any solution to the Golden Lead problem when these INEFFICIENT, CORRUPT and very SELFISH administrators are busy seeing how quickly they can fill their pockets, build their mansions/bungalows, send their children to prestigious institutions abroad and entrench their power base by any fraudulent means, just in one year five months? Why wait for them for a “solution” while the lives of thousands of Gambians especially from Gunjur and the Kombo coastal areas are in danger?
    I’ll call on the activists to resort to all judicial measures to make sure the Chinese company complies or shuts down!


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