FCC barks again
Freetown City Council (FCC) has vowed to take stringent measures against all those who would fall short of keeping the city clean with effect from Tuesday, June 1st, 2010.
It could be remembered that when the Mayor of the municipality Herbert George Williams took the reign of power in manning the FCC, he vehemently promised to make Freetown one of the cleanest cities in Africa.
Keeping the city clean has always been one of the topmost priorities of the FCC. However, at the initial stage of Herbertâ€™s reign, bye-laws were introduced to tackle the indiscriminate disposal of garbage around the city centre. Those bye-laws were effective for some time and later faded out as the political clock ticked by. What made the laws ineffective was the very fact that the money fines that accompanied the bye-laws were never implemented. It reached a time; people saw the FCC challenge of keeping the City clean as an effort of a toothless bull dog that barks and doesnâ€™t bite.
This time round, residents of Freetown are hoping that with the introduction of the new FCC laws in parliament will leave no stone unturned in making sure that people comply with them. Because it has been remarked by many well meaning Freetonians that FCC only barks and doesnâ€™t bite.
The previous fine levied for throwing garbage on the street of Freetown was Le 100,000 which many people flouted with impunity due to lack of proper monitoring mechanisms by the Freetown Municipality Council.
In a recent interview with one City Council official on 98.1 â€œGood Morning Sierra Leoneâ€ radio programme he highlighted the measures been put in place in making sure that Freetown is clean, we only hope that the Council would act tough on all those who think FCC only barks and doesnâ€™t bite.
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