By Olimatou Coker
Lamin Wayoto West Youth Development Association together with the Village Development Committee (VDC) of Lamin recently embarked on a day-long cleansing of a feeder road being used as a dumping site.
The vice-chairman of the VDC, Lamin Camara, praised the youth development association for the foresight.
“We have all seen how dirty this place used to be. People use this roadside to dump waste which is very bad because this place is not a dumping site. We have people resident here,” Mr Camara said.
He said anyone found dumping at the site will face arrest, just like others have in the past.
“Most of the times, they dump late in the night,” he added, while warning that no violator will be spared.
He said the cleansing exercise will be a periodic event from now on.
Yusupha Gomez, secretary general of the VDC, said: “It is very encouraging to see young people working to remedy the wrongs in our communities.”
SG Gomez called on other youth groups to emulate Lamin Wayoto Youth Development Association.
He said several meetings were held with the NEA in a bid to discourage indiscriminate dumping in communities.
Kareem Y Darboe, a senior programme assistant of the environmental education and communications unit of the NEA, thanked the association for complementing governments efforts.
“As a people living in a particular area, taking care of that area is our collective responsibility,” he told the youth.
According to him, a high sense of collaboration was needed in the fight against indiscriminate dumping in Wayoto West.