Sierra Leone’s Mayor Thomas Karim Baio Disclosed the Development Schemes of Kenema City for 2021 and Underscored the Successes and Challenges of 2020
By Abdul Rahman Bangura–
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone- The Kenema City Council has unveiled its development plans for 2021 while highlighting the successes and challenges of 2020.
Communicating with correspondents at the council’s end-of-year briefing at the Kenema City Conference Hall – Mayor Thomas Karim Baio said the council was able to rehabilitate two markets to modify the business environment. He announced that, among other things, they also constructed twenty-two trenches and organized solid waste well in 2020.
The trench, he explained, “was meant to link new communities to the center of the city since the city is expanding day by day. This is in line with strives to help mitigate the rate of road accidents on deplorable roads connecting to the city center,’’ he admitted.
The mayor let out, waste management had cost the council billions of Leones last year, despite the inadequate incomes occasioned by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the late allotment of deteriorated budgets by the central government.
Irrespective of the challenges encountered, he asserted the council would henceforth design two Peripheral Health Units every year within the city.
“We want to stop spending on private buildings that are used as health centers for our people, by constructing two as a council. Council has decided to provide an electronic stand board for the main entrance at Bandama to Kenema city come 2021 through partnership. Council will build a metro police office for effective service delivery for the
first time,’’ he let out.
At the event, the Chief Administrator of the Kenema City Council – Joseph Gando proclaimed the council had conserved the European Union (EU) grant. The grant according to Gando is worth 3.7 million Euros to finance numerous endeavors in the council.
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent
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