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FDID Compliments Freetown City Council
By Momoja Lappia
May 10, 2010, 11:34
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By Momoja Lappia

As part of their contribution towards national development, the Foundation for Democratic Initiative and Development (FDID) over the weekend engaged youths of Constituency 106 Ward 136 in Central Freetown in an excessive cleaning exercise.

The cleaning exercise which witnessed the full participation of several youth groups in the locality was described by Councilor Abu Bakarr A. Kargbo as an indication that, youths are now shying away from drug abuse, thievery, and prostitution for developmentally oriented ventures. He said this is a sign of hope for the area and the country at large.

He commended FDID for their intervention to clean the Ward because the Freetown City Council can not cover all areas in the city. Councilor Kargbo said the cleaning exercise is timely because his subjects were prone to contagious disease and flooding because of heap of garbage had clogged drainages of the streets. "With this cleaning I am convinced the area will experience no flooding this raining season", Councilor Kargbo assured, and urged other non-governmental organization to emulate FDID.

On the back grounds of FDID, the organizations National Director, Mr. Hindolo Saidu disclosed that it was formed and register about a year ago with an objective of tasking youths to champion their own course in areas like human rights, HIV/AIDS sensitization, denouncing drug abuse and violence among other issues. He said the cleaning exercise is paramount because a clean environment permits a healthy population. "When the people are healthy and strong then you can talk about human rights and other issue," Director Saidu said. He complained that, in spite of numerous human resource capacities at the organizations disposal, FDID lacks the needed finance. He therefore made a clarion call on government and other development agencies for possible technical, financial, and moral support.


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