By FCC Communications Unit…..
The Freetown City Council (FCC) on Monday 1st February, 2021 hosted a sanitation symposium which was very well-attended with over 50 participants (in person and via zoom) from central government, international development partners, donors, private sector organisations, FCC sanitation department and FCC sanitation committee.
The symposium was organized by FCC to provide a platform for FCC and its partners that have been supporting FCC’s sanitation efforts to discuss progress made so far and the challenges we face in achieving of our #TransformFreetown target: to ensure that 60% of Freetown’s solid and liquid waste is safely collected, managed and disposed of by 2022.
During her keynote, Her Worship the Mayor, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr thanked partners for believing in the vision to transform the state of sanitation in Freetown and for investing in FCC’s integrated waste management value chain, which seeks to change behavior, increase collection, improve disposal options and introduce recycling solutions.
Presentations were made by several partners, including the EU, World Bank, IOM and Concern, on successes of FCC interventions. These include;
1. Sustainable waste management through micro-enterprises, through which 800 young people have started waste collection businesses that now service over 32,000 households
2. Improved sanitation engagement and enforcement with 210 defaulters arrested in 2020
3. The daily sweeping of 68 major streets and 42 markets
4. The launch of the 8244 sanitation complaints hotline
5. Improvement in waste infrastructure, including the construction of waste sorting areas, incinerators and access roads increase waste collection in hard to reach areas.
The symposium concluded with participants making recommendations and proposing new innovations which will enhance our existing sanitation plans to continuously improve cleanliness and environmental safety of Freetown.