August 24, 2017 By Joseph S. Margai
The Western Area Rural District Council (WARDC), have donated assorted food items to survivors of the recent mudslide that wrecked so much havoc on the people of Freetown.
The donated items, which were presented to the mudslide victims ‘command centre at Regent village on Wednesday 16th August, 2017, included 50 bags of rice, 10 bags of onions, five jerry cans of cooking oil, two cartoons of magi, 500 bundles of pure drinking water, among others.
Deputy Chairperson of WARDC, the Chief Administrator, Public Relations Officer, and other officials of the council were in attendance at the handing over ceremony of the items to the President’s Delivery Team, headed by Zulaikatu Cooper and other ministers of government.
Chairman of WARDC, Alhassan Cole, said the donation was a must from the council as the primary authority of the district where Regent village is situated.
“We have always been doing this whenever and wherever there is a case of disaster within the Western Area Rural District. This is a national concern and we are also committed to ensuring that the survivors are well taken care of,” he said.
Deputy Chairperson of WARDC, Councilor Margret Kargbo, signed for the donated items and on behalf of the council, expressed her heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
Chief Administrator of WARDC, Ahmed Shekuba Koroma, called on government to dedicate the mudslide site as a memorial ground so that people could always use it to remember and pray for the lives that have been lost.
He also pledged council’s support to ensuring the survivors, who he referred to as “our heroes”, live a normal life.
“WARDC has been taking the lead in the district to ensuring that the lives lost were given a befitting burial. Youth were hired to prepare the grave site for the burial of the mudslide victims. The council also bought 10 shovels and 10 pickaxes and provided food and cash for work for 600 youth at the cemetery,” he said.