The Freetown city council with support from UNCDF and Goal Sierra Leone has concluded an inspection visit of the faecal sludge treatment plant in Kingtom in Freetown to review the plant’s capacity to process liquid wastes into environmentally friendly products such as cooking briquettes, biogas, and fertilizers for agriculture. The faecal sludge treatment plant is a Transform Freetown initiative that aims to address the various health and environmental concerns relating to managing waste in the city.

Mohamed Albatayneh, Country Lead and Programme Manager UNCDF, Freetown pointed out that in Sierra Leone 88% of people in vulnerable communities still use wood for cooking, 7% still use kerosine and in Freetown, 88% still use charcoal as the main source of energy for cooking. He said this is worrying but with FCC’s commitment to address those challenges through innovative solutions, they are hopeful that this will change in the future. He said their partnership with Freetown city council aligns with their drive to work with private and public sector actors to achieve greater impact in development.

Mayor of Freetown Yvonne Aki Sawyerr intimated that the faecal project which cost one million pounds to build is a collective action and has the massive potential of creating jobs and improving sanitation in the country. The municipality according to her is collecting 21% of liquid waste in Freetown which is a fraction of what they need. She said they need to collect 60% of liquid waste, which requires more investment. 

The Mayor of Freetown told potential investors and partners that when replicating the plant in other parts of the city it will not cost as much as it did when the plant was built three years ago because they have developed in terms of innovation and have learned from mistakes in the past during the initial stage of the project. The program ended with a tour of the facility for implementing partners, donors, and potential investors.

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