First Lady Fatou Bah-Barrow

The First Lady of the Gambia has selected by the African Union Commission to lead the West African region’s efforts in ensuring a pollution-free Africa.

Fatou Bah-Barrow  was selected at the just concluded at the First Ladies’ Dialogue during the 32nd ordinary summit of the African Union held on February 10th in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

As part of her role, Ms Bah-Barrow will spearhead the campaign to ban and eradicate plastics on the continent.

The First Lady said she will use her new role to help the gradual eradication of plastics through advocacy and awareness raising on the impacts of plastics and share experience on strategies and measures being undertaken to address the menace of plastics.

She said the Government of the Gambia is conscious of the health and environmental hazards associated with the growing demand for plastics, and remains committed to maintain the ban on plastic bags.

Ms Bah-Barrow expressed her appreciation to the African Union Commission and her fellow first ladies from across Africa at the High Level Working Session on Banning Plastics in Africa, for the laudable initiative and the honour bestowed on her as champion for West Africa.