In partnership with the Federal government of Germany, Gambian authorities, Kanifing Municipal Council and SOS Children’s Villages have Thursday started rolling out the BMZ Bakoteh dumpsite project.
Speaking at the laying of the foundation stone of the project, Mayor Bensouda reminded the crowd that braved the sun about the 500 tons of solid waste received on daily basis by the 18-hectare waste site.
The Bakoteh dumpsite has been making headlines these past years as environmentalists made big pushs for authorities to close down the site. But to many observers, the new project appears to have given a second life to the country’s biggest waste landfill.
According to Bensouda, the Greater Banjul Area’s 1.2M residents produce the large fraction of the waste as his municipality has introduced a house-to-house solid waste management.
The project, which was launched on 23rd February 2021, is comprised of various construction components, including two access roads, three fire hydrants, an open shed, two toilet blocks and the installation of 30 solar lights.
Addressing the gathering, the Germany Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Muller, reiterated the commitment of the Federal government to changing the living conditions of children living around the dumpsite.
Funded to the tune of 768, 683 Euros by Germany, SOS Children’s Villages and KMC are contributing 15% and 10%, respectively.
Dr. Muller, who was received in audience by President Barrow at State House, said his government will be injecting 500,000 Euros into the project in the next two years.
For his part, SOS International Director, Benoit Piot, said the project is a clear message that we are working together for the future of the children.
“Pollution is a biggest threat to the world. Pollution is affecting children,” he emphasized.
Written by Abdoulie John
Join The Conversation