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To Digitalize Waste Management Collection… Freetown Waste Transformers Ends First App Testing Workshop

As part of their effort to strengthen the waste management sector by providing support to digitalize waste management activities and processes across the city, Freetown Waste Transformers SL Ltd in partnership with Freetown City Council, through the office of the Mayor of Freetown, the Waste Collection Management Association has held a one-day testing workshop of the waste App as a means of Strengthening Capacity of Waste Collectors through TECH. The ceremony was held at the Freetown City Hall in Freetown.

Speaking during the ceremony, the Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Freetown Waste Transformers SL LTD, Aminata Dumbuya Jarr, informed pressmen that the adoption of Information Communication Technology (ICT) would help deliver a tailored mobile application solution, which is made possible with a grant from the GSMA Innovation Fund, supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

She explained that the organization held a two days town hall meeting for waste collectors to keep their opinions on the digitalization of waste management collection in the country, she further that information was analyzed by the IT team and developed the first iteration of the digital mobile Application.

She added that the event is geared towards bringing those waste collectors together again to look at the application and do a taste case of the application.

“The move by the organization is to ensure that we digitalize waste collection in the country. We are all aware that the world is going digital so we intend to carry Sierra Leoneans through that digital transformation and after completion, the application will be utilized in Freetown to collect waste through Tech in the country,” Aminata Dumbuya Jarr maintained.

Joseph Jawah Kebbie, the Chief Executive Officer of  MeDomot Incorporation explained that MeDomot Incorporation is a Sierra Leone-based Information Communications Technology firm, which will develop the application.

He continues that with the mobile application, waste collectors with smartphones will be able to do waste pickup using the application and Sierra Leoneans using smartphones who also want their waste to be collected can log in to the application and be able to locate waste collectors within their various communities at their comfort.

The CEO informed the workshop that the application is going to have features of tracking waste collectors and the waste collectors will in turn be able to see the waste collection schedule within their localities.

“Currently, we are developing the application and we are hoping to officially launch the mobile application by the end of this year. But before that we equipped our waste collectors as to the use of the mobile application,” he concluded.

On his part, the Program Coordinator for the Solid Waste Micro-Enterprise Program at the Freetown City Council, Augustine Kamara revealed that the development of the waste collection mobile application is in line with the council’s Transform Freetown Initiative.

He pointed out that having such an application is a welcome idea to address the issues of waste collection within the Freetown Municipality.

The Coordinator of Block Seven at Waste Collection Management Association, James Robert, commended Freetown Waste Transformers SL Ltd for the development of the waste collection mobile application, which he described as a laudable venture.

He said that the introduction of this application would support their work as waste collectors.

Following the statements was the presentation of the Needs Assessment Report, software demonstration & flow chart presentation on the application, and live demonstration of the prototype, software testing, and discussions and feedback from participants.

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