With mountains of garbage all over the city and controversies as to who should be in charge of the cleaning, it has been disclosed that the Freetown City Council has been finally accorded that responsibility.
This was disclosed yesterday by Foday Mahmoud Sesay, the administrative officer of Klin Salone, an organization that was in charge of cleaning the city before it was temporarily handed over to a company named the Freetown Waste Management Company.
Mr Mahmoud Sesay said after the cleaning slipped away from their hands, they made recommendations to President Koroma that the cleaning of the municipality should be the responsibility of the Freetown City Council.
“We believe it is a statutory declaration and the function should go back to them because it was snatched from them and also because of the unsatisfactory situation at hand they should be given that mandate,” he stated.
The administrative officer disclosed that on Tuesday, President Koroma met with stakeholders where the responsibility of cleaning the city was transferred to the council.
He said with that, they went at the works yard yesterday morning where the equipment for the cleaning are to be transferred to the Freetown City Council.
“This is big news for us because we will be more comfortable as an implementing agent to work in line with the appropriate authorities”, he stressed.
Klin Salone is an indigenous youth association that provides employment for youths through waste management, self income generating and social activities. They came in contact with the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) for technical assistance and capacity building for which it was done for the past 16 months.
The public relations officer of the Freetown City Council, Cyril Matia, confirmed that the transfer had been handed over to them in principle as they were only informed about that on Tuesday.
By Ishmael Bayoh