The Kenema District Council on December thirteenth, in the presence of the European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, formally passed over new marketplace stalls amenities to serve the important wishes of farmers, petty buyers and the communities to strengthen the socio-economic construction of Blama and Tongo communities in Kenema District.

The European Union-funded newly built marketplace stalls will get advantages roughly two thousand other people, in particular girls and farmers who rely on small agri-businesses for his or her livelihoods. This funding additionally will considerably supply safety for his or her agencies, build up the earning of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and smallholder farmers, give a boost to sanitation and protection with the WASH facility, and spice up the income technology capability of the district council.

“The construction of markets in Blama and Tongo through the funding support of the European Union underscores the relevance of decentralized service delivery and local governance. These are strategic interventions to leverage local economic development and livelihood support to women and youths across the district. We, therefore, remain grateful to the European Union Commission for promoting decentralization and local development in Sierra Leone.”, mentioned Mr. Mohamed Amadu Sesay, Chairman Kenema District Council.

The handing-over rite was once graced by way of the esteemed presence of Sierra Leone’s Minister of Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Tamba Lamina, the Deputy Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Hon. Dr. Robert Chakanda, Chairman of Kenema District Council, Mohamed Amadu Sesay, Deputy Chief Administrator, Patrick Jakema, Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone, Gerald Hatler, Government officers, construction companions, conventional and native government and girls and adolescence teams, together with masses of beneficiaries.

The construction of markets is among the EU-funded investments in Kenema District that is a part of the Support to Civil Society and Local Authorities for native construction in Sierra Leone programme. Other EU contributions in opposition to the commercial and social construction of Kenema District come with the development of a funeral house in Small Bo Chiefdom, a multipurpose corridor, drying flooring and sheds for big milling machines, and the rehabilitation of feeder roads, culverts and bridges, in line with the District Development Plan.

Before the development of the amenities, buyers in those communities used to promote their merchandise in transient makeshift constructions alongside the freeway, posing critical dangers to the well being and protection of buyers and motorists. The new infrastructure will build up accessibility to marketplace buying and selling and advertise financial alternatives for native buyers, who’re essentially girls. This focal point a great deal helps the nationwide construction schedule of the Government of Sierra Leone and the EU’s purpose of monetary and gender equality. The marketplace amenities can even offer protection to produce and different perishable items from inclement climate. Furthermore, the amenities will generate income to strengthen the Kenema District Council in strengthen of decentralization and the availability of important social services and products to the native inhabitants.