Bo City Council on Monday January 27 took another giant step in the drive towards waste reduction by handing over equipment worth millions of leones to the winner of the waste ideas contest, Francis Gbondo. The presentation, which was done at the Wusu Sannoh Building, attracted media attention.
In his opening remarks, the WHH Waste Technician, Alfred Maada Fobay, dilated on the efforts made so far in capacitating community based entrepreneurs in galvanizing them to be involved in waste management. He said the ideas contest was organized last year July to seek unique ways of inducing people’s participation in waste reduction and reuse exercises.
Mr. Fobay said that the selection process was cumbersome but at the end of the day the best six ideas were selected and the people have been trained in financial management systems and capacitated in business methods. He said the equipment presentation was the apex of the programme of enhancing the entrepreneurs’ works and skills.
Deputy Chief Administrator of the Bo City Council thanked the waste management team for the commitment and dedication to duty shown. He admonished the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity they have got and to take their businesses to another level.
Before handing over the equipment to the winner, Deputy Mayor of Bo, Councillor Mohamed Wurie Jalloh said the winners should not consider themselves lucky but privileged to have such an opportunity. He said waste management is an enormous task and those involved in it should do it with all seriousness.
He pledged support as councillors to always give the necessary impetus for the work to forge ahead. He then presented the equipment to Mr. Francis Gbondo who was beaming with smiles.
Gbondo committed himself to the work and dream of the project and promised to rid the city of sachets that he uses to make bags. He thanked WHH for the support given to them and for building their capacities.
The donated items include industrial sewing machines, a generator, tarpaulins, table, rug and several other items.