Sierra Leonean lawyer and social activist, Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah, has recently appealed to Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the Mayor of Freetown City Council, to address the escalating issue of noise pollution in Freetown, particularly within the Central Business District (CBD).

Expressing his concerns, Marrah emphasized the disruptive impact of street vendors and their loudspeakers, citing popular calls like “Oga ar beg,” “Coco Samba,” and “New money old money are dey change.” He urged the mayor to intervene, stating, “Madam Mayor, please also help us with the growing cacophonies in and around the CBD. They are disturbing the peace and quiet of the business district. We can still be poor and decorous.

Responding to Marrah’s plea, Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr acknowledged the issue and assured the public that action is underway. In her statement, she said, “Yes indeed Augustine Sorie-Sengbe. We are working on a joint approach with the Sierra Leone Police (SLP). Expect to see action on noise pollution in the next couple of weeks.”

This proactive response suggests a commitment from the Freetown City Council to address the concerns raised by Marrah promptly. Collaborating with law enforcement, particularly the Sierra Leone Police, indicates a comprehensive strategy to tackle the multifaceted challenges posed by noise pollution in the CBD.

The focus on street vendors using loudspeakers indicates a recognition of the specific sources of the disturbance. By targeting these activities, the authorities aim to restore a sense of tranquility to the business district while acknowledging the importance of maintaining a dignified environment even in the face of economic challenges.

As the public awaits the implementation of these measures, there is hope that the joint efforts of the Freetown City Council and the Sierra Leone Police will lead to tangible improvements in reducing noise pollution. The commitment from Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr suggests a proactive stance toward creating a more peaceful and conducive atmosphere within Freetown’s CBD, fostering a balance between economic activities and the overall well being of the community.