Tuesday 25th October 2022, Freetown City Council in partnership with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) held a Public Disclosure meeting In the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) at Susan’s Bay Community Centre.

The project is funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

The project aims to increase the resilience of Susan’s Bay Community and has been designed to address the urgent needs of access, water supply, sanitation situation, drainage, and lightning of walkways.

The scope includes the construction of five (5) gender-sensitive toilets with a digester system, a small-scale organic waste treatment (biogas) plant that will address waste disposal challenges, a 20,000 liters water tank, drainages clearance by community members, reinforcement of drainages, reconstruction and rehabilitation of access steps, and footpath reinstatement.

The works are due to be completed by the end of March 2023.

The purpose of the public disclosure is to ensure that the project complies with Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations, international agreements and conventions, and best practices. Work activities that may impact the environment and social life were highlighted and the community agreed for the works to proceed as planned and they accepted the report. There was no objection to the project.

A copy of the ESMP report will be printed and kept at the community center for public access.

Present at the meeting were over 150 community members, local chiefs, traditional leaders, EPA, National Disaster Management Agency, Consultants, Cllr Madina Kamara, and project team members from UNOPS and FCC.