The Freetown City Council has an environmental arm which was known to visit residents home and check their compounds for pools of water which may engender the breeding of mosquitoes. They were also charged with the responsibility of checking people’s toilets and generally unsanitary conditions.
These days however Council seem to have moved on with threats of arresting people throwing dirt in the streets and also with noise pollution as reported by residents. We recall the issue of two prominent entertainment spots who were closed down because their neighbours complained to Council about noise pollution.
So if all of this falls under the responsibility of Council why are they not addressing the smelly toilet water that is flowing from waste pipes of government buildings? Less than a hundred yards from Council’s headquarters close to Cathedral Church there is faeces oozing out from the central waste pipe. At Pultney street junction and elsewhere this disgraceful scene greets visitors and pedestrians.
This brings us to the point of the Law Courts. From the above is it not also the duty of the Freetown City Council to visit the Chief Justice and question her why her establishment is causing such massive environmental disgrace to the dignity of the City? With all the money pumped into the Justice Ministry why is it that pedestrians cannot pass through Cotton tree (on the law courts side) without holding their nose and jumping smelly toilet water? At times this toilet water flows across the main Siaka Stevens street is this not disgraceful? Mind you Cotton tree is the centre of town and all or virtually all visitors pass through Cotton tree.
Is it fair that the City Council should put their staff at Cotton tree to harass traders who carry their wares on their head, and extort money from these people who are fighting hard to survive and yet allow smelly toilet water to disgracefully flow through the street? Is there a question here of misplaced priorities or is it that there is one rule for some people and another rule for others.
Our appeal is to Freetown City Council. There have been numerous articles about the unsanitary conditions at the Law Courts, and these have gone unheeded or rather blatantly disregarded. Therefore since it is Councils responsibility for environmental protection in this City of Freetown we call on them to please intervene in this issue and protect us from this health hazard.
It is unbelievable how those who head the judiciary can continue to work under such sanitary conditions, but if they chose to do so please city Council spare us that health hazard and disgraceful spectacle.