Freetown City Mayor Arrives In Monrovia; Receives Key To The City

Her Lordship Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE, Mayor of the City Council of Sierra Leone official capital Freetown has arrived in Monrovia to honor the February 16 Monrovia Day. Meanwhile, Mayor Aki-Sawyerr will serve as one of the International Guests during the Monrovia Day celebration.

Upon arrival at the Monrovia City Hall, Mayor Koijee turned the key of the City of Monrovia to Mayor Aki-Sawyerr and lauded her for joining the City Government to celebrate its 45th Monrovia Day. In return, she thanked Mayor Koijee and emphasized that the key will be used for its intended purpose. She promised to extend an invitation to Mayor Koijee and as well turn the key of her city over to him in the not too distant future.

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE is the first female to become Mayor of Freetown since 1980. She was elected Mayor of Freetown in 2018 and was sworn in as Mayor of Freetown in May of the same year with a commitment to transform Freetown using an inclusive, data-driven approach to address challenges in the city. In January 2019, she launched a 3-year Transform Freetown plan which detailed 19 concrete targets across 11 sectors and covered issues ranging from waste management and housing to improving urban planning, tackling environmental degradation, and facilitating the creation of jobs in the tourism sector.

Hosted by the City Government of Monrovia, the Monrovia Day celebration will take place on Tuesday, February 16. It is expected to bring together more than four hundred participants, Diplomats and International Guests of which Mayor Aki-Sawyerr forms part. She will serve as of the keynote speakers. The event’s theme is “Sustaining Smart Action for Smart City”.

Mayor Aki-Sawyerr’s keynote will focus on strengthening the relationship between Monrovia and Freetown and overcoming challenges and opportunities for the two cities. Mayor Aki-Sawyerr’s presentation will highlight the importance of the relationship between the two cities and how the City Government of Monrovia and the City Council of Freetown can work together ethically to respond to the new tomorrow as mother cities.

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