By Omar Bah
The National Assembly Member for Serrekunda West Madi MK Ceesay, has called on the authorities of the Kanifing Municipal Council to expedite efforts towards settling the saga surrounding the Bakoteh Dumpsite.
The MP, himself a resident around the site, said:
“My message is very simple: the KMC should quickly work on the issue of the Dumpsite. The residents are seriously losing patience and to avoid any escalation of the saga, the authorities of the council should quickly do something about it,” he told The Standard yesterday via telephone.
Mr Ceesay said the best solution to the problem is for the dumpsite to be relocated for the safety and wellbeing of those living around that area “because to be frank the residents have endured enough hardship and have lost their patience.”
However Mr Ceesay said equally the community too must excise patience and abide by the dictates of the law. ”I am a victim myself; I know how it feels to live beside that dumpsite but we should let the law to take its course,” he advised.
Mr Ceesay said one good way of going about it is for the residents to form a committee to present clear message to the municipal authorities that they don’t want any more dumping at the dumpsite.
He promised to continue advocating for the relocation of the dumpsite, saying “definitely I will keep pushing for it to be relocated, because it was among my campaign promises.”
The Bakoteh dumpsite is a thorny issue in the entire Kanifing Municipality. A few weeks ago, residents of the area around the site staged a protest demanding for the relocation of the site and for dumping to be stopped there.