By OJ Sawaneh
The First lady of the Republic of the Gambia Her Excellency Madam Fatoumatta Bah Barrow has been selected as the Regional Chair for West Africa by the African Union Commission to lead efforts in ensuring a pollution-free Africa and to eradicate plastics on the Continent.
The First Lady announce the new initiative on her Facebook page on Monday afternoon. Bah Barrow expressed appreciation and joy to the African Union Commission and her First Lady colleagues from across Africa. She was selected at the high Level working session on banning plastics in Africa, She said she is grateful for this laudable initiative and the honor bestowed on her as Champion for West Africa.
Madam Bah Barrow said in this new role, she is tasked to spearhead the campaign to ban and eradicate plastics on the Continent of Africa.
She reiterated as the Chair for West Africa, “I am committed to the gradual eradication of plastics through advocacy and awareness raising on the impacts of plastics”. The First Lady said she will share experience on strategies and measures being undertaken to address the menace of plastics.
Madam Barrow revealed that the Government of The Gambia is conscious of the health and environmental hazards associated with plastics, and that government remains committed to maintaining the ban on plastic bags.
By OJ Sawaneh