A community-based self-help renovation is underway at the Kachikally Crocodile Pool in Bakau Kachikally.
The D100,000 project is co-implemented by the youths of Bakau, in collaboration with the Management of Kachikally Crocodile Pool.
Speaking to the Daily Observer at the project site, Hassoum Ceesay, former Curator at the Gambia National Museum said the conservation work is part of efforts geared towards conserving the environment and the nature in line with the government’s aspirations.
Mr. Ceesay said the conservation work is meant to boost tourism in the country, saying the work was necessitated because of deteriorating conditions at the pool.
He said the project involves the use of stones supported by bags filled in with sand at the foot of the pool. This, he said, may prove to be more resistant to both the rain and other things.
He commended the efforts of Bakau youths for their spirit towards community works and national development, especially arts and culture.
Mr. Ceesay added that plans are underway for the erection of a wire fence in and around the crocodile pool for the protection of both tourists and visitors to the pool.
Doudou Bojang, Custodian of Kachikally Crocodile Pool, expressed appreciation to the youths of Bakau for what he called their “sense of patriotism towards national development, especially for the development, preservation and promotion of arts and culture in the country.