In a bid to transform disaster prone areas and prevent flood mitigation from various slum communities, Freetown City Council (FCC) has partnered with World Bank to start a visibility study for the construction of 5,000 low cost houses through a project called Urban Resilience in the Freetown Municipality with new innovations.
According to the Mayor of FCC during a friendly visit to deprived communities, Madam Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, said the move is to provide support for the less privilege especially women, children, disable people and the aged with affordable housing facility and also to prevent future disaster across the Freetown Municipality.
Madam Sawyerr said FCC and World Bank will soon start to visit deprived areas like Kroo Bay, Big Wharf, Suasan’s Bay, Canikay, Moa Wharf among others and that Council will move people before the start of the project.
She added that FCC and World Bank have already started consultative engagement for the construction of five thousand low cost houses with standard structures.
She deliberated further that, her administration is willing and determined to install discipline for the successful implementation of this positive live saving planned which she hope when completed will give Freetown a facelift like other countries in West Africa, nothing that her vision is to transform Freetown with good looks and make citizens feel belong as dignified Sierra Leoneans.
Mayor Aki- Sawyerr continued by assuring the general public that her leadership will do all it can to reduce flood mitigations across Freetown during raining season with modern drainage systems ,adding that overcrowding of houses without proper planning is the root cause of current fire disasters in most slum environment.
She appealed to government, international partners, community stakeholders, youths, women and other private institutions to come onboard and support the Freetown City Council in collaboration with World Bank to start the construction process and that people must maintain compliance for the benefit of all.
By Alhassan Bangura
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