November 11, 2021
By Kweku Nelson
A delegation from United Nations Country Team on 9 November 2021 visited the Wellington Fuel Tanker explosion Disaster site to sympathize with Sierra Leoneans and ascertain field information about the extent of the explosion that occurred on Friday November 5,2021.
WFP Country Representative, Steve Nsubuga explained that the purpose of the visit was to show solidarity to Sierra Leoneans for the fire incident, and at the same time gather information about the disaster.
He noted that it was very important to bring the United Nations Agency Heads on site so they could listen to the responders and then understand their needs so that the response would influence their discussions with authorities and stakeholders.
He stated that there was already ongoing discussions through the Ministry of Health on the kind of medical items that should be brought for the treatment of fire survivors. Steve Nsubuga called for Okada riders to be made champions for road safety, so whenever accident occurs they would be the first to offer technical support.
While commending United Nations for their solidarity visit, the Mayor of Freetown Aki Sawyer acknowledged that their visit to the disaster site would provide accurate pictures about the loss which the community has experienced.
She noted the Wellington incident sends clear message that there are dire need for developmental and sustainable change in systems to ensure that citizen are safe from incident of such nature.
Nevertheless, along the street where the explosion occurred, life seemed to be returning but there is still evidence of the effects from the explosion; from one end of the disaster site a funeral procession emerged with people holding pictures of a football player who died in the incident.