The Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, was on Saturday 8th September 2018 joined by the Councilor of Ward 427 Madinatu Kamara, Executive Director of SLRSA David Panda-Noah, SLP Traffic Management AIG Senesie, Fuhad Mansaray of Traders Council SL and other local stakeholders as they engaged residents of Sibthorpe Street and its surroundings. Traders currently operating in seventeen streets within the Central Business District (“CBD”) will be temporarily relocated to Sibthorpe Street whilst FCC urgently advances plans to construct seven new markets. (A call for Expressions of Interest re the market construction has been issued by FCC and can be found at https://fcc.gov.sl/request-for-expression-of-interest/).
The relocation of traders from the CBD will contribute to the beautification of the city; a necessary condition for increasing Freetown’s appeal as a tourism destination. The Freetown City Transformation Plan identifies the development of the city’s tourism sector as a key driver for the creation of jobs for the city’s youth.
The FCC is in the process of providing water and mobile toilets at Sibthorpe Street and SLRSA will remove abandoned vehicles from the street and issue parking permits to residents.
The relocation of traders from the specified streets within the CBD begins on Monday 10th September 2018.