Lansana Fofanah: Sierra Leone Telegraph: December 7, 2021:
One of the recommendations made by Parliament’s Transport and Home Affairs Committee after the Wellington fire disaster was that main streets in Freetown be cleared of unused vehicles.
In the process, fifty-four streets of Freetown were identified as areas to be decongested.
Some streets have been converted into garages and parking lots for abandoned vehicles; a move that seriously affected free movement in the city.
Acting Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority, James Baggie Bio has had a series of engagements with transport sector stakeholders, the Sierra Leone Police, the traders union and other key stakeholders to plan and coordinate the implementation of “Operation Decongest Freetown”. .
Jingles and public pledges were produced to raise awareness of the operation.
It can also be recalled that the Authority recently launched the new biometric license which requires the applicant to go through the National Civil Status Authority (NCRA).
To speed up the process, the Acting ED of SLRSA reached an agreement with the NCRA leadership who saw the deployment of two NCRA employees to SLRSA where applicants complete their registration and verification before to process their license.
Here are the streets and roads that have been dedicated to decongestion: