Kartong’s new VDC Opposes Fish Meal Reopening

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By Ousainou J. Sawaneh
Executives of the new Village Development Committee (VDC) of Kartong have expressed opposition to the reopening of the embattled Fish Meal in their area unless the company meets some basic standards.
This was disclosed to the Daily News by Momodou L. Touray, the Secretary General of Kartong’s new VDC who said they had disassociated themselves from the request for the reopening of the fish meal said to have come from the VDC of Kartong. “The newly- constituted VDC did not and has never requested for the reopening of the fish meal. Our stance has always been that the anticipated environmental hazards posed by the facility be addressed first before it can start any operation. This is amplified by our MOU prepared in October, 2017 and submitted to the Fish Meal but the company did not react to it until now,” Touray remarked. According to him, their former VDC was dissolved on the 5th November, 2015 by the Brikama Area Council and it was not until 23rd May, 2018 when the new VDC was formally registered with the Attorney General’s Chambers following its verification, validation and adoption by the community of Kartong in the presence of the Community Development Officer for the West Coast Region, his assistant, the Ward (Kabilo) heads, organizations in the village and the Alkalo of Kartong on the 14th January, 2018.
Touray added that the VDC had to react to a press release from the Office of the President published by Point Newspaper on Thursday, 12th July, 2018 stating that “One Fish Meal in Kartong has been closed because its water treatment plant is not in the right field and the case has been taken to court.” He said the president was informed that the VDC wanted the plant to be reopened but the technical advice to the president was that it could not be opened until it has the required standards.

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