NDMA Headquarters, Aberdeen, Freetown, Friday 17th June, 2022 — The National Disaster Management Agency has received from Bollore Sierra Leone, food and non-food items for onward distribution to victims of Crab Town Fire Incident.
It could be recalled that on May 24th 2022, the NDMA reported a fire incident at Lower Gbendembu, Crab Town, Levuma Beach in Freetown which occurred on the May 21st; leaving 223 victims homeless including 59 school going pupils, 11 lactating mothers and completely destroyed 12 makeshift structures.
The Communications Manager of Bollore Transport and Logistics Sierra Leone, Mr. Gassimu S. I. Fofana stated that the donation came about when he saw on Facebook a report of an assessment into a fire incident which occured at Crab Town, Levuma Beach in Freetown. “On May 24th 2022, I read an Assessment Report of the Fire Incident which occured at Crab Town through the Official National Disaster Management Agency’s Facebook Page. I then decided to share the details with the management of Bollore. We needed more details so I contacted the Directorate of Communications at NDMA. His swift response prompted the Management of Bollore to make this Donation.” He explained.
Bollore Transport and Logistics Sierra Leone has always supported government and the people of Sierra Leone especially in disaster periods and similar emergencies. In September of 2015, they were part of the first batch companies that supported the more than Nine Hundred affected Flood Victims that were sheltered at the Attouga Mini Stadium in Freetown. Even before that to date, they are regular sponsors of the flood mitigation cleaning exercises within various communities especially Moa Wharf.
Receiving the donated items on behalf of the Agency, the Deputy Director General of NDMA, Mr. John V. Rogers expressed his appreciation to the Staff and Management of Bollore Sierra Leone. He stated that he is satisfactorily impressed with the gesture. “It is not the quantity; but the fact that you saw it on Social Media and decided to do something positive about it speaks volumes.” Added Mr. Rogers.
The donated items include 15 (50kg) bags of rice, 5 (20ltrs) Cooking Oil, 3 bags of onions, 3 Cartoons of Tomato paste, 1 box Cube of Maggie and 24 mattresses.
NDMA’s Director of Relief and Response, Sinneh Mansaray mentioned that it is right for citizens, businesses and institutions to contact the NDMA to make donations to disaster affected victims. “As the Agency continue to work assiduously in addressing issues of disaster and other emergencies, we shall continue soliciting funds and relief items and will appreciate whatever support from citizens, businesses and institutions to enable us respond effectively to emerging disasters.” He Said.
The National Disaster Management Agency will continue its disaster mitigation and response in ensuring the effective management of disaster related matters in the country.