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Published On: Sun, Jan 29th, 2023

President Barrow Leads Nationwide Cleansing Exercise

 President Adama Barrow led a team of cabinet ministers, KMC Mayor, and community members  in a re-launched cleaning exercise from Westfield to Serrekunda on Saturday 28th January .

 This cleaning exercise is the country’s first nationwide cleansing exercise “Set-Settal” done since the change in government took place in 2017.

Upon arrival at Westfield  the president was joined by the Mayor of Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC), Talib Ahmed Bensouda and his ward councilors. 

President Barrow has described Saturday’s national set-setal as timely, as his government re-launched the cleansing exercise.

 “It is very timely for us to come out and do the cleansing exercise, littering is too much in our environment. I think if we can implement anti-littering laws, it will take care of at least 50% of the problems. So I called on the institutions who are responsible for it, to make sure and implement the anti-littering law. When we talk about democracy, it is all about laws and processes. If that is in place, I think it is time we start to implement it,” President Barrow said.

President Barrow further called on the public to come out and volunteer not only every month but every day by cleansing their environment daily. 

“I am very happy to see people coming out in their large numbers and volunteering. I think that is the most important thing about it. Sometimes you can use executive orders but we don’t own the people. So we can’t force them to come out. So the best thing is for people to come out in their numbers volunteering to join us and clean the nation. Because cleanliness is health and health is wealth. I think that is very important. 

President Barrow further said that it has taken his government a long time before they re-introduce the ‘set-setal.’

The Mayor of KMC, Talib Ahmed Bensouda expressed his happiness for the re-introduction of the “set-setal” outlining that the cleaning exercise used to happen every last Saturday of the month  which after years of the new dispensation, has been relaunched and hoping it to continue to happen.

However  the reintroduced national cleansing exercise unlike the previous edition has no restrictions on businesses and the movement of people and vehicles.

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