Speaking on the sidelines of the exercise, the president of the association, Nfasumana Bojang, said: “This is not the first time we are doing this because as youths we know that health is very important for the development of any community and that can only be achieved through a clean environment. The youths of Brikama under the association have been united in achieving this objective and through the support of Brikama Area Council and National Environment Agency we have been able to achieve a lot.
“It is important that we clean the streets and the drains because they would have served as breeding places for mosquitoes which cause malaria and other diseases. We are not taking any chances as far as our health is concerned which is why we have been working here since morning.”
Further outlining the scope of their activities, the secretary general, Buba Colley said they have expanded their activities to environmental areas like clearing the Brikama cemetery of grass and shrubbery as well as forest regeneration.
“We have taken part in clearing the cemetery with our people which was very much appreciated. Recently we also planted 10,000 gmelina seedlings in Biray Sutu. This is meant to promote environmental protection and we hope to do more in the future. We are looking to getting involved in more activities geared towards the development of our community”.
The principal of Mahad Senior Secondary School, Lamin Bojang, lauded the initiative while calling on the youths to maintain the unity that has made the endeavour possible.
He added: “This is very important for us as a community because cleanliness is next to godliness .I would like to see more exercises like this with this wonderful turnout .The government cannot do everything so we have to contribute what we can to supplement their efforts .This is indeed a good initiative”.]]>