Gambia — The West Coast Region’s (WCR) Anti-bush fire Campaign Committee in collaboration with the Department of Forestry and other institutions, recently concluded a week-long sensitisation campaign on illegal logging, deforestation, fire outbreaks and other environmental hazards in the West Coast Region.
The campaign, which commenced in Kalagi, covered most of the villages and communities in the West Coast Region and ended in Latriya village in the Kombo North District. Speaking at the closing ceremony, the alkalo of Latriya village, Burama Darboe expressed delight in receiving the WCR anti-bush fire campaign committee in his village. He described the move as a good initiative, which every Gambian should emulate, adding that the issue of bush fires is a cause for concern in the country especially at this time of the year.
Alhaji Lamin Sanneh, the governor of the West Coast Region commended the anti-bush fire campaign committee. Governor Sanneh spoke at length on the importance of the forest and said 95% of the population, both animals and human beings depend on it. For his part, Abdoulie Alpha Sanneh, the director of Forestry thanked the West Coast Region Anti-bush fire Campaign Committee for their efforts in conducting such a sensitization. He urged the people of the region and Gambians in general to protect the forest against bush fires.
Sheriffo Sonko, a Fire and Rescue Service officer at the Kanilai Station; Bakary Dembo Badjie, the chief of Foni Bondali, who is also the chairman of the WCR Anti-bush fire Campaign Committee; Baboucarr Badjie and Ousainou Cham, both senior forestry officers, all expressed similar sentiments.