The Commissioner of NaCSA, Ambassador Ernest Mbaimba Ndomahina, along with his Deputy, Jimmy Batilo Songa, representing President Julius Maada Bio, handed over two waste collection trucks to the Mayor of Freetown City Council (FCC).
This initiative marks the initiation of the Green Public Works (GPW) under the Productive Social Safety Nets and Youth Employment (PSSNYE) project.
GPW aims to provide temporary employment for 7,000 youth in rural areas and 6,000 youth in urban areas. Over 50% of supported youth will be females, with 15% being persons with disabilities. The Project will make inclusive design adjustments to encourage participation among persons with disabilities.
The Senior Director and National Coordinator for the National Social Protection Secretariat highlighted the GPW’s objective to offer short-term employment opportunities to inactive and unskilled youth, women, and individuals with disabilities from vulnerable households, enhancing urban environmental and sanitary conditions.
Dr. Abu Kargbo, World Bank’s Senior Social Protection Specialist, reaffirmed the commitment to collaborate with Sierra Leone’s Government in achieving the PSSNYE Project’s development goals.
Ambassador Ndomahina stressed the role of the GPW subproject in creating temporary jobs for 13,000 youth across the Western Area’s urban and rural parts. He emphasized collaborative efforts to realize the nation’s objectives, aligning with Sierra Leone’s overarching developmental agenda.
He concluded by officially handing over the vehicles to the Mayor and FCC management on behalf of President Bio.
The Mayor acknowledged the fruitful collaboration with NaCSA and assured continued partnership. She expressed gratitude for the trucks and pledged their optimal use for the city’s sanitation efforts, urging Freetown residents to maintain cleanliness.