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Published On: Tue, Jan 17th, 2023

Nationwide Monthly Cleansing Exercise“Set-Settal” To Bounce Back

According to Rohey Manjang, the Honorable Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources,she has informed that the National Environmental Agency in consultation and collaboration with her Ministry with approval of President Adama Barrow have now agreed to bounce back the previous popular nationwide monthly cleansing exercise commonly known as “set-settal.”

The monthly exercise, she said will take effect on Saturday, 28th January 2023 throughout the nation from 9:00am to 13:00pm.She made this declaration on Monday at the National Environmental Agency House in Kanfing during a day-long media sensitization forum organized by the NEA held at its office.

The forum was focused on the implementation of the anti-littering reregulation 2007, the ban of plastic bag order 2015, environmental impact assessment and the hazardous chemicals and pesticides. It also discussed on chemicals especially sniper on the food and agricultural products.

However, the forum was aimed to converge 30 journalists to help raise awareness and enhance to increase their knowledge on environmental issues.

The forum was set toallow journalist to better inform the public on sustainable environment management about the serious state of the environment and the use of power of the news media to bring about change to improve the quality of the environment and call for sustainable utilization of the natural resources.

The forum further informed the challenges of the NEA related to anti-littering, indiscriminate use of banned plastic bags and unsustainable utilization and harvesting of natural resources.

She noted the previous monthly “set-settal” is to respond to the priorities and demands of the public in keeping the nation clean for a healthy livelihood.  She further requested the support of every key player such as the Council and the Municipality.

She noted that the focus would be at the Greater Banjul Area and Brikama, giving consideration that this area is where the attention of visitors are mostly concentrated. The minister thanked the media for their relentless support in dissemination of information on environmental issues. She called on the Council to take the lead, the Ministry of Health and the security for their support on effective implementation of the exercise.

For his part, Dr. Dawda Badgie, NEA Executive Director noted that the forum would give them the opportunity to discuss environmental issues of concern affecting populate for possible sustainable solution, noting that the Agency is serving this perspectives.

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