By Lamin Cham
After six months of absence, the national cleaning day locally called Set-setal is back.
According to Sheikh Alkinky Sanyang, a senior official at the National Environment Agency NIA, writing on Facebook, the exercise will resume on Saturday 29th July. He did not say how frequent but it will start from 8 am to midday.
“Shops and markets should remain open, but must participate and there will be no movement of vehicles, except essential ones and also people are urged to place collected waste from homes into awaiting trucks,” Mr Sanyang wrote on his Facebook page.
Set-setal was introduced by the government of former President Yahya Jammeh and was widely commended for its effectiveness in the general cleaning of the environment. However, other aspects of the exercise such as closing of all business and vehicular traffic were heavily criticised.