Local Govt. Minister monitors cleaning exercise


September 5, 2018

By Max A Konneh, Press Officer, MLGRD

Local Govt. Minister Brewah and Mayor Sawyerr (Above) observing the cleaning process (Below)


The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Anthony Brewah, has described the just-concluded National Cleaning Exercise held on Saturday, 1st September, as impressive. Speaking during an inspection tour of various communities in Freetown, the minister commended stakeholders, especially youth for their enthusiasm and commitment in ensuring that their surroundings are clean.

At Jui Junction, where he first met with key stakeholders including the Councilor and Headman of the community, Brewah thanked them for taking the lead in cleaning their environment. He reiterated government’s determination and commitment to promoting a safe and healthy society. In response, the stakeholders thanked him for the gesture, noting that his visit would serve as a source of motivation to others, especially youths. The Minister also met with enthusiastic members of the Gateway Youths Organisation and thanked them for their positive response to government and the impressive turnout despite the heavy downpour of rain.

The youths, who in turn chanted songs in praise of the current government, pledged their unflinching support and appealed for assistance in the area of education and job opportunities. The minister, who made a token donation to the Gateway youths, registered government’s commitment to providing opportunities for youths in the country and entreated them to be law abiding and development oriented. He also visited the Kissy Dump Site where he met the Mayor of Freetown City Council, Her Worship Yvonne Aki Sawyerr and members of the Civil Society Consortium on Service Delivery, who briefed him about pertinent issues relating to the exercise.  He thanked them for their effort in promoting the process. Mr. Brewah also thanked individuals and companies who in diverse ways contributed to the successful implementation of the programme and called on all to embrace the initiative. He encouraged citizens to always keep their environment clean, adding that as leaders, they are always prepared to participate in the programme so as to motivate others. “We will take further steps to encourage people to do more”, he assured.

Welcoming the minister, Madam Sawyerr commended him for his leadership in ensuring that the exercise was successful and assured him of her council’s continued cooperation. National Coordinator, Civil Society Consortium on Service Delivery, Wiliam Saio Lamin re-echoed their commitment to complementing government’s efforts in ensuring a sound and healthy nation. The minister later visited Kingtom Dump Site and other villages in the Western Area Rural District.