By Aisha Tamba
Children Academic and Physical Development has recently embarked on a massive cleansing exercise at the Bakoteh fish market.
The setsetal was done in collaboration with Masjid Lulua and the community of Bakoteh.
Mr. Modou Nabaan, the secretary general (CAPD) and also the president of Masjid Lulua, said children’s welfare is lacking in the country and that has become a major factor in dropouts.
“We believe that in order to sensitise the people and for the community to recognise us we don’t have to be just an association by name, doing nothing. So we said let’s start doing something for the community which is why we are doing the cleaning today. We also have Islamic conferences.
“We want them to also do house jobs for their mothers. In other words, we want them to be responsible citizens at end of the day,” he said.
NAM Madi MK Ceesay of Serekunda West, said to clean the environment is not entirely the responsibility of citizens themselves. “We have put institutions in place that is local council which is purely their mandate to make sure that the taxes paid are converted to development of people. So it is the responsibility of the council to do the cleaning.
These youths are only complementing it. I commend them for taking this step,” he said.
The Alkalo of Bakoteh Meta Jassey, said cleanliness is part of the development of the area and thanked the youths for showing up.
The Children Academic and Physical Development (CAPD) Association was founded in 23 November 2016, with more than 260 children from age 7 to 18.