By Alagie Manneh
Karpowership, the Turkish energy company operating in The Gambia, last week donated over D170,000 to the National Environment Agency (NEA) to be used on activities marking World Environment Day.
The day has been designated to raise awareness about the threat to the environment due to rising pollution and climate change. This year’s event is celebrated under the theme of ecosystems restoration.
The NEA, the government agency responsible for environment issues, organises a series of events annually to mark the day. Last week’s donation was the third Kapowership assistance to NEA for marking the day.
The deputy executive director of the NEA, Dr Dawda Badjie thanked the Turkish company for the donation: “It is important from the agency’s perspective to see an organisation like the Karpowership contribute to making sure this kind of commemoration is possible.”
Dr Badjie added: “The current environment system is threatening globally. We all know that, so, it is important we reflect on what we do and what kind of dangers we are putting the ecosystem under so that we can do what is right and at the same time make sure we are free from environmental pollution and contribute to the current and future generations of this country.”
Yankuba Mamburay, Karpowership project manager, said any negative impact of the environment will affect current and future generations. “Whatever we do for the environment, we do it for ourselves. Its important we work with the NEA particularly on the preservation of the environment and ensure our environment is clean enough for us and for generations yet unborn.”
Njaga Touray, director of NEA’s inter-sectoral services network and Karim Darboe, a senior programme assistant at the agency, also made brief remarks.
Karpowership is one of the most active companies in the country when it comes to fulfilling corporate social responsibilities. It regularly assists the needy, as well as educational, health and other institutions in the country.
The Turkish energy generation conglomerate employs more than 2,500 people across the world and operate in Senegal, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Ghana, Indonesia, Lebanon, the Caribbean and other countries.