(JollofNews) – A Gambian based Chinese owned fishing factory at the centre of severe online criticisms has rejected allegations that it is dumping waste into the country’s sea and damaging the environment.
Golden Leaf Factory in the coastal fishing village of Gunjur, Kombo South, is accused of releasing intense bad odour which is making people sick as well as destroying the country’s fish reserves and polluting the waters.
Activists said the factory is threatening the lives and livelihoods of the people of Gunjur and the Gambia.
But speaking to journalists during a field inspection of the factory, Basiru Ndong, an employee of the factory, described the allegations as untrue.
“We do not dump infantile fish at the sea, nor do we destroy the marine resources of the country,” he said.
Mr Ndong pointed out that the factory is engaged in fish meal production which has a popular local and international market.
“We have a noticeboard where we stipulated clearly that we buy only fresh fish and infantile ones,” he added.
“There are some occasions where people bring bad fish and dump it along the seaside and people end up blaming us.”
Mr Ndong accused those calling for the closure of the factory of having a hidden agenda.
He argued that the establishment of the factory has brought immense benefits to not only people in Gunjur but the surrounding villages.