AS CRS SECURES FUNDS TO IMPROVE SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IN FREETOWN…
Planning Minister Addresses presentation and handing over ceremony of 3 State-of-the-Art transit sites survey Plans to FCC at MoPED Conference Hall, Tower Hill, Freetown, 4th, January, 2021
The Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Francis Kai-Kai has today, with the aim of coordinating and accelerating efforts of relevant authorities within the expected time, addressed the presentation of Letters of Offer and Survey Site Plans for 3 state-of-the-art waste Transfer Stations to the Freetown City Council.
The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) with funding from the British Government is implementing the Improved Solid Waste Services Programme in Freetown in close alignment with the strategic Plan of the Government of Sierra Leone. The £2.75 million programme is looking to design, operate and handover to the Government of Sierra Leone a highly innovative system of 7 transfer stations for Municipal solid waste by March 2021, coupled with interventions aimed to strengthen the capacity of the Local Council to manage the new system. As of November, 2020, 4 of the stations has gone through the entire approval process and been confirmed to go ahead with construction.
In his presentation, the Minster of Lands, Housing and Country Planning Dr. Denis Sandy, noted with gratitude to the developmental strides of the New Direction agenda of HE Julius Maada Bio, President of Republic of Sierra Leone. He highlighted the importance of the project, for which his ministry considerably reduces the processing and lease fees for the various sites.
He stated that the lease period for each stations is 15 years, noted that the sites are to be utilized to construct state of the art transfer stations in ensuring proper waste collection and management in the western area.
In his address, Minister of Planning and Economic, Dr. Francis Kai-Kai, with pleasure acknowledged the efforts of MDAs, FCC and CRS, assured the British Government through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of Sierra Leone Government’s commitment to the process within record time, highlighted the significance of the Improved Solid Waste Services Programme. He said waste management is an environmental issue that is consistent with the SDGs and the National Development Plan.
“Solid waste management is not a very simple issue, it is complex, very demanding and going through this process helps greatly” added Dr. Kai- Kai.
The Planning Minister reiterated on the challenges and processes in land management, commending the Lands Ministry for their exceptional role in pushing the process forward.
Minister of Local Government, Tamba Lamina thanked the Lands Minister, expressed excitement for the finalization of the documents, noted challenges encountered together with the FCC and CRS in reaching to this end. He appreciated CRS for their contributions, encouraged the Mayor of FCC to continue to work closely with his Ministry in actualizing development as far as local councils concerned.
Receiving the 3 project documents, Her Worship, the Mayor of Freetown, Madam Yvonne Aki-Sawyer, thanked all those that contributed in making the process a reality, noted that the Transfer Stations were part of her Transform Freetown Agenda on Sanitation, which targets are to increase solid waste collection and management and safe disposal from 21% in 2018 to 60% in 2022.
She added that the project has similarities to the Tricycle infrastructure, pointed out the challenges it encountered with bad roads.
She acknowledged that work had commenced in the other 4 transfer sites.
Madam Aki-Sawyer stated with gratitude on MoPED’s role in the process. She commended minister Kai-Kai, expressed openness to more coordination and collaboration in future.
The transfer of documents was done in the company of the DMoPED, Dr. Chakanda, CRS Country Rep— Paul Emes, FCDO rep- Kobi Bentley, development partners and MDAs representatives amongs others.
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