Members of the Kenema Young Tailors Association (KYTA) began the cleaning of the entire Kenema police station along Hangha road last Saturday as part of the last cleaning exercise.
Speaking to Awoko at the Kenema police station during the cleaning exercise, Basiru Dauda the chairman of the Kenema Young Tailors Association, said his membership is happy and willing to undertake such ventures, saying, “As young tailors, there is need for us to contribute to the development of not only the Kenema city where they reside, but the region as a whole.”
Dauda disclosed that the association was formed on July 14, 2000 with the aim of bringing all tailors together for progress and development, citing that tailors are very important in society and there is need for them to be self-reliant.
Dauda commended the Kenema City Council (KCC) for providing the working tools for them to undertake the cleaning exercise, saying that the cleaning of the Kenema police station is just an indication that his membership is ready and prepared to contribute in making sure that Kenema city looks like a modern city that can be compared to other cities of Sierra Leone.
He appealed to the government, NGOs and stakeholders to immediately come to their aid in terms of providing them with structures and sewing machines so that they can train more youths in tailoring skills and appealed to the membership of the KYTA to remain united and committed to work for the progress of the association.
The chairlady of the association, Musukula Dawomi, appealed to the female youth colleagues, especially those who are roaming the streets without any trade in which to engage themselves meaningfully so that they too can contribute to the development of the community.
She called on them to join the association so that they too will have the chance to acquire the knowledge they have got. She also called on other meaningful youth groups and organizations in Kenema city and its environs to emulate their good example by contributing to the development of the city.
Mohamed Nyallay, the Health Coordinator of the KCC, commended members of KYTA for what he described as their “positive intervention in ensuring that Kenema city is always kept clean.”
Mr. Nyallay disclosed that the KCC will soon embark on arresting people who throw garbage on the streets and drainages and that there will be house visitations by council staff to ensure the compounds and environment are kept clean.
He therefore wants all to ensure that they live in a decent environment as the law will fall heavily on defaulters saying that “cleanliness is next to Godliness.”
Nyallay appealed to the executive of the Bike Riders Association (BRA) to strongly caution their membership to desist from riding motorbikes during cleaning hours of every last Saturday of every month, as the law will not take it lightly with anybody caught riding a bike during the cleaning hours. He therefore appealed to the police to keep their support to council by ensuring that vehicle and motorbikes are off the streets on every last Saturday of every month.
“A healthy environment means healthy people,” he said.