February 23, 2018 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
As she continued to meet with different stakeholders in her campaign trail, Freetown City Council (FFC) Mayoral Candidate of the ruling All Peoples Congress ,Yvonne Aki Sawyerr, has yesterday shared her vision with students of Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone.
She conducted a public lectures at the Adjai Crowther Amphi Theatre on FBC campus, Mount Aureol in Freetown.
Speaking during her public lecture series, the All Peoples Congress Party (APC) Mayoral candidate, said she has a vision for the capital city of Freetown, stating that “our Freetown ,and our future are linked together,’ and that she was working in collaboration with central government and the people of Freetown to make her vision a reality.
“My vision is to improve the lives of all Freetonians and to make Freetown a destination city,” she said.
Madam Sawyerr said in her transformation vision of the capital city, if elected mayor of the municipality, she would improve the quality of primary to mid –secondary education -with increased investment in teachers, educational facilities and schools supervision.
She added that she would also improve quality of primary and secondary health care by strengthening community health care workers, increasing public health awareness and access to diagnostic facilities.
“I will enhance citywide sanitation through the design and implementation of a comprehensive end to end waste management strategy,’’ Madam Sawyerr said , adding that she would provide adequate designated covered and open markets with appropriate facilities .
The APC Mayoral candidate underscored the fact that the municipality of Freetown is seriously challenged, stating that there is a rapid urbanization in the country and that about 15% of the country’s population lives in the capital city.
The former delivery team leader of the president recovery priorities said through concrete actions, she would significantly increase Freetown City Council’s (FCC) revenue generation to facilitate the provision of improved public services, ensure efficient and effective collection of appropriate property rates, local taxes, licenses fees and other charges, and aligning development partners’ interventions with the city’s vision and priorities.
“If elected Mayor on March 7th, I will facilitate sustainable job creation through enterprise development and private sector partnerships, invest in skills development, including adult education and technology and also improving public transport division,” she said.
The former director of planning at NERC urged students to vote her in come March 7th -as she would put her vision into reality in transforming the capital city of Sierra Leone- adding that she would harness opportunities created by current water and energy sector investments to develop and increase the manufacturing base and serves industries.
She underscored the need for high level public –private partnerships.
Representative, National Union of All Peoples Congress Students (NUAS), Umar Salman Kamara, said the public lecture offered by the APC mayoral candidate was a landmark in the history of politics and the county as a whole.
Umar said Yvonne has been supportive to the country and to the university, adding that she was effective in whatever she does.
He cited the time they were working together during the Ebola outbreak, urging all students to cast their vote for her as she is fit for the position of mayor.
Lawyer Abu Bakarr Turay, popularly known as Kabaka, said it’s about time to elect people to the right position, stating that there will not be any mistake by voting her and should be given the opportunity to bring development.