The National Environment Agency yesterday presented a certificate of appreciation to the power-generating company, Karpowership, for its assistance towards the successful holding of activities marking the recent International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD).
At a ceremony held at Karpowership offices in Fajara, the director of technical services at the NEA, Dr Dawda Badjie, thanked Karpowership for partnering with the NEA to make the 2018 ICCD, the most successful he witnessed in the 15 years he worked at the environment agency.
He hailed Karpowership for being a model company in terms of how they safeguard the environment even though they operate in a fragile marine environment.
Dr Badjie admitted he was among “the most sceptical” when Karpowership needed clearance from his agency before they could start operations in The Gambia. “Initially, I was sceptical about a ship powering from offshore, but since they started operations, they have done very well.”
He however reminded that the environment is a difficult issue and that a single hitch could undermine all the good work done.
“We hope the fruitful collaboration between Karpowership in The Gambia and the Agency in the effective management of the coastline of The Gambia will grow from strength to strength,” he concluded.
NEA coastal and marine senior programme officer, Lamin Komma, said the D89,100 assistance from Karpowership was put to good use by procuring tee-shirts and refreshment among other things for the volunteers who turned out to clean the coast at different places along the Atlantic coastline on the day.
Speaking earlier, Karpowership assistant project manager, Nazli Lermioglu,
said her company was happy to collaborate with the NEA to mark such an important day. “We care about the environment as we operate in the sea and therefore we place a high premium on ensuring that our environment, particularly the marine environment, is taken care of.”
She said Karpowership takes its corporate social responsibility seriously and that it will continue to collaborate with all relevant agencies in the furtherance of the socio-economic development of Gambians.
The ceremony was attended by staff of both Karpowership and the NEA.