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Reading: Freetown Mayor Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary of Transform Freetown Plan with New City Partnership
Reading: Freetown Mayor Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary of Transform Freetown Plan with New City Partnership

Freetown Mayor Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary of Transform Freetown Plan with New City Partnership

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Freetown Mayor Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary of Transform Freetown Plan with New City Partnership
Freetown Mayor Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary of Transform Freetown Plan with New City Partnership

Freetown, Sierra Leone – Today marks the fifth anniversary of the launch of the ambitious #TransformFreetown plan by the Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr. Launched on January 24, 2019, the transformative initiative has set the stage for significant advancements in the city, with a focus on four clusters, 11 priority sectors, and 19 targets.

The #TransformFreetown plan, a cornerstone of Mayor Aki-Sawyerr’s first term, has been instrumental in guiding the interventions of the Freetown City Council over the past half-decade. Annually published Transform Freetown reports, showcasing the progress made against the outlined targets, are available for public access on the official Freetown City Council website

In commemorating this milestone, Mayor Aki-Sawyerr highlighted the progress achieved thus far, stating, “Five years on, a great deal has been achieved, and more is being done now!” The mayor emphasized the plan’s success in driving positive change and development across various sectors within the city.

As part of the commemorative events, Mayor Aki-Sawyerr and her team engaged in a significant meeting with the Port Loko City Council. The meeting took place against the backdrop of the 5th anniversary of #TransformFreetown, underscoring the importance of collaboration and partnership between cities in Sierra Leone.

During the meeting with Mayor Badara Tarawallie and his team from Port Loko, Mayor Aki-Sawyerr shared insights into the meticulous process of developing the #TransformFreetown plan. The discussions resulted in both parties agreeing to formalize their commitment through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on collaboration.

Mayor Aki-Sawyerr expressed her enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “It was poignant that on the 5th anniversary of the launch of #TransformFreetown, we hosted Mayor Badara Tarawallie and his team as we began a city partnership engagement.” She emphasized the significance of cities working together to achieve shared goals and enhance the overall development of the nation.

As Freetown continues to celebrate the progress made over the past five years, the city looks forward to the future with a renewed commitment to the transformative vision outlined in the #TransformFreetown plan. The collaboration with Port Loko City Council stands as a testament to the enduring impact of Freetown’s strategic initiatives on fostering regional partnerships for sustainable development.

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean communication strategist, fixer, blogger, youth organiser, event manager, spokesperson, and public relations expert. His work has been regularly referenced and published by national and international media and public policy institutions. Sallu Kamuskay was a child during the brutal war in Sierra Leone. Growing up in the midst of conflict, Sallu witnessed unimaginable abuse of children and gross violations of human rights. The horrors he witnessed during the Civil War had a terrible impact on him at a very tender age. But despite the shock of the war, Sallu never lost hope. He started on a journey of recovery, studying, and working for a better future. At age 15, Sallu entered into the world of activism and advocacy. Sallu Kamuskay was the Vice President of the Young Leaders Organisation, a member of the National Youth Council. The Young Leaders is one of the oldest youth-led organisations in West Africa. The organisation was formed by a group of young leaders, and launched by the then Head of State/President of Sierra Leone. Sallu was part of the group of young leaders who participated in and contributed to the establishment of the National Youth Council. The Commonwealth supported the training for trainers programme with line ministries and youth stakeholders in which key, representatives of youth council, student union and civil society/private sector youth platforms were engaged and empowered in the effective engagement and inclusion of youth. Sallu is co-founder and Executive Director of the Salone Messenger, a global multimedia and public relations firm based In Sierra Leone. Sallu has worked on various developmental and policy issues such as Poverty, Climate Change, Human rights, Child Rights, Education, Health, Gender Equality, Civic Engagement, Government policies, Information Communication Technology for Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, and has also been contributing to various global events and advocacy campaigns. Sallu Kamuskay is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Salone Messenger, a global Multimedia and Public Relations Firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information, on top stories, business, politics, entertainment, and more. Sallu is working with a leading technology company in Africa, Techfrica, that has recently developed and launched a social media, messaging Supfrica with over 150,000 downloads on the Google play store in less than 4 days. He is the Adviser and Media coordinator for the App to give people the platform to connect and communicate to help shape their future with a very fast internet that allows users that live in deprived and hard-to-reach areas with poor internet facility to be able to communicate as it allows and stronger on 2 and 3 G network reception. Sallu has over 9 years of experience in youth engagement, inclusion, and coordination both at local and global levels, giving voice to young people and engaging young people to build a better world. He has served as coordinator for the Wave Alliance which brought together youth-led organisations who attended an international training in South Africa organized by the International Organization – Waves for Change. Sallu is working with the MLT, Waves For Change, and the Government to develop safe spaces for young people, with a view to contributing to the overall development goals of young people including health, as well as to community rebuilding. Sallu is currently the Programme Director for the Wave Alliance, which is a coalition of youth-led and community-based organisations that have successfully introduced evidence-based Surf Therapy programs to young people in communities, with a focus on mental health, peace building and sustainable development. Sallu is currently the focal point and face of Africa’s Faces Social media platform which is a global Social media platform that brings together people from across the world to share their moments, connect, share videos, and interact with friends giving more preference to excluded continents like Africa. Sallu Kamuskay has devoted his time to working for or contributing to a number of national and international organizations and companies, including the Techfrica Technology Company, United Nations, ECOWAS, European Union, Commonwealth Africa Initiatives. This work has led him to travel to a number of countries to contribute to global youth platforms. Sallu is the lead Coordinator for Peace Tour programme, an initiative supported by the European Union, Africa Union, ECOWAS focusing on uniting and empowering young people and local communities. Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. 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