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City Council should invest in the Freetown Waste Management

City Council should invest in the Freetown Waste Management

Despite the stringent effort the Freetown City Council is making to ensure that Freetown is a clean and decent environment, little effort has been made by residents of the capital to clean their various localities; instead they choose to deposit their garbage on the streets and in the gutters while others throw their garbage on the roof tops of residents. Some even put the rubbish in polythene bags and throw them while it rains.  (Photo and video below: Foday-Fornah shows what has become of previous ideas at managing waste tackling garbage and raisingrevenue)

In a bid to combat this kind of filth in the city, the establishment of the Freetown Waste Management Company came into existence with offices at Blackhall Road, Kissy in Freetown.

However, initially, the establishment of the FWMC brought many changes, especially in their drive to collect garbage on the streets and from residences. The FWMC also created employment for some of our youths in the city.

It is no longer a secret that the company is facing huge constraints especially in the area of funding, lack of cleaning equipment, such as vehicles, and tricycles to clear the garbage. There is also the lack of man power to contend with including the poor working condition.

In view of the above, I am appealing to the Freetown City Council to continue with their aid to the company especially in the payment of salary to staff of the Waste Management Company.

Having said that, the FCC should also support the company with logistics in order for the company to execute its work swiftly and thoroughly.

As we may be aware, the principal responsibility of FCC is to clean and beautify the city with taxes, market dues and rates collected from resident of the city. The cleaning of Freetown should be of paramount to the council as we are approaching our 50th Anniversary, come April 2011.

However, despite the numerous challenges faced by the company, we should give praise to the present Director General of the Company, Mr. Donald Tweeole who is presently burning the candle at both ends to ensure that the company delivers the services it was established for.

Highlighting some of his successes since March this year when he was appointed as DG will include putting structures in place to repair and replace old equipment while at the same time maintaining new ones.

On his appointment there were only four vehicles; he has increased that number to ten. He found four tricycles in working order out the original twelve, and through repairs has added them to make six. The company is presently working on two vehicles in order to increase the number to twelve.

New uniforms have been supplied to all staffs including raincoats, gloves and even medical facilities are now available to staff of the company.

The Director General has improved the working condition of staff such that staff members now have free calls through Africell to enhance effective communication among them during operations.

The company is presently boasting of fifty-six rakes, forty pick axes, over one hundred shovels, all these equipments were not there when the new DG took office.

The low rate of revenue collection in the company is serving as an impediment for the smooth operation of the company as urgent response is needed to salvage the company of its predicament.

One more thing, we should thank FCC for its support to the company and encourage it to do more. The FCC should do so by investing in the FWMC for the cleaning of the city, as the saying goes as “health is wealth’.

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  • the problem in free town is the over population. people should be encourage to move back the provinces, knock down some slums and develop them. we need a zoo and a proper museum in the capital this will be a tourist attraction and it will celebrate the vast blessing that we have to offer.kroo bay should be knock down because it is a disgrace to the city. the city is not plan, the govt should consider building a new city

    27th September 2010

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