Yesterday was the first meeting of The Gambia Environmental Movement. It was held at Commit House in Kotu. The renown activist and politician, Amadou Scattred Janneh chaired the meeting, while in attendance were the likes of Frederick Tendeng, Lala Touray and some concerned Europeans.

Janneh raised spirits with news of offers of help from different organizations and pressure groups around the world, including the Institute for Human Rights And Development In Africa IFHRDI, Open Society Foundation, Africans Rising Movement, and many others.

They vowed to increase the public’s awareness in the environmental damages Golden Lead is causing, and to fight environmental degradation everywhere in The Gambia. Lala Touray, Secretary General of the group harped on the need for collective effort. “We cannot afford to sit by, and allow Golden Lead to continue operating in Gunjur. We are ready to fight for our rights, to stand up against Golden Lead and any other company carrying out operations which will cause harm to the environment.”

An executive, comprising of advisers, coordinator, PRO, Secretary General and Treasurer were elected. They vowed to work hard.