Masada employs youths to clean Freetown
Masada Resource Group is poised to provide an everlasting solution to waste management in Sierra Leone. The group has employed the services of about 150 youths to embark on the cleaning of the whole city in December. The exercise commenced on Thursday 6th December 2012 in Central Freetown. The lucky youths will be paid on a weekly basis as they compliment the work of the existing workers of the Waste Management Company. (Photo: Masada Resource Group)
Masada Resource Group offers comprehensive, integrated and environmentally-sound waste disposal methods to maximize recycling, material reuse and value-added process in Sierra Leone.
It was in September 2012 the Government of Sierra Leone, through the Ministry of Local Government signed an agreement with Masada Energy International – Sierra Leone to collect, manage, and convert the country’s municipal solid and liquid waste into renewable fuels. Masada will design, finance, implement and operate a comprehensive waste collection system that has already commenced in Freetown.
Ms Ami Dumbuya is the National Project Manager of Masada Energy International – SL, LLC. She said they want to contribute in the cleaning of the city as the festive season approaches. She noted that the project will also absorb the current staff of the Waste Management Company to clean the entire country in the not too distant future. Ms Dumbuya admonished Sierra Leoneans to take up the responsibility of cleaning their environment.
The cleaning exercise is undertaken in collaboration of the National Youth Coalition, whose Executive President said youth employment is a very serious issue the government with other partners has been finding solution to. Ishmael-Al Sankoh Conteh commended the coming onboard of Masada to employ young people, as it will reduce their vulnerability to perpetrate crime and take part in other anti-social activities. He revealed that the lucky youths are selected from various communities in the city, and added that more youths will be brought onboard as the project expands.
Masada’s Deputy National Project Manager said the youths have a great role to play in ensuring that the project proves successful. Dauda Kamara Jr. noted that the collection of waste will create a healthy environment and contributes to the reduction of unemployment rate in the country. He promised that Sierra Leoneans will see a great difference in the next three to six months.
Masada Energy International – SL, LLC, is a subsidiary of the United States–based Masada Resource Group, LLC, a competitive and responsible provider of proven and environmentally friendly technology solutions. Masada has developed a pipeline of international waste-to-energy projects to deploy these waste technology solutions on a commercial scale.
The investment of the company in Sierra Leone will assume no financial risk from the government. The energy production facilities will create about two thousand new jobs and vendor opportunities. Sierra Leone citizens will be given preferred status for these jobs and vendor opportunities; and the company’s energy production facilities are environmentally safe as they do not contaminate the air, ground or water.
The $300m project lined up by the entity will involve the construction of an ultra modern processing plant and collection of about 400 tons of solid and liquid waste per annum to be converted into ethanol. The first step of the project is to capacitate the Freetown waste management so that very soon the project would have collected enough waste to kick start operations.
The company’s principals have invested more than $45m to date for the development of patented processes with international protection and for the enhancement of its core process so to serve as a reproducible engineering template.
However, staff members of the Freetown Waste Management Company have been paid their salaries as they are in full preparedness to join Masada in making the group achieve its goal.
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