Recently appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to Sierra Leone, Lesley Ní Bhriaian, paid a courtesy call to Mayor Aki-Sawyerr at the Mayor’s Parlour in Freetown.
During the visit, the Mayor and the Ambassador discussed the support that Irish Aid has already given Freetown City Council, which has been critical in the implementation of the #TransformFreetown Agenda. Ambassador Bhriaian expressed interest in providing continued support to the Freetown City Council.
Irish Aid has funded FCC interventions in six communities that contribute to mitigating disasters and building resilience in Freetown. The interventions, implemented by UNOPS, and carried out with community participation earlier this year, included:
1. Drainage construction at Sir Samuel Lewis Road (Ward 443) and Kola Tree at Aberdeen Ferry Road (Ward 441)
2. Slope stabilisation at Syke Street (Ward 432);
3. Footbridge construction at Jalloh Terrace (Ward 412)
4. Sandbank wall at Cold Water (Ward 421)
5. Major drainage construction work at Shell Old Road (Ward 416) is ongoing.
Irish Aid also supported the 2018 Flood Mitigation activities and the first phase of the 2019 Flood Mitigation Activities. The Flood Mitigation Activities involved clearing silt and garbage from gutters, culverts, drainages and other waterways in flood prone areas.
Freetown City is grateful for the support we have received from Irish Aid and we look forward to working with the new ambassador.