The Member of Parliament for constituency 24, Kono District, Hon Phillip Tondoneh has criticized the pattern of recruitment at the National Commission for Social Action (NACSA) citing that 92% of its reparation staff is Northern skewed.
The MP was contributing on the Appropriation Act, 2009 in Parliament.
He further commented, among other things, on how the decentralization pattern has been abandoned, flawed procedures and politicization of the the award of grant-in-Aid.
Hon Tondoneh raised the concern that NACSA was one of the institutions that was decentralized even before the advent of the decentralization process, “but what is happening now is very appalling … the staff taken for reparation, 92% are Northern based and that programme is a national programme and it was brought to my attention by a UN worker while we were at a workshop and in fact he insinuated me to raise it up at the workshop and I did cleverly”
He reminded all that NACSA was an institution established to serve the People of Sierra Leone and not to serve the microcosm as the issue would be taken up with the NACSA Commissioner. “It is a report we received that the reparation team selected is Northern skewed and they should follow the decentralization pattern that was existing”
Commenting also on the Government Grants-in- Aid he said that too is being politicized.
He sighted the case of Kono where he said about 40-50 Grants-in-Aid were awarded but no MP recommended anybody.
He argued that the award of scholarships should be done district by district to ensure equity and not for few people to take decisions in Freetown.
Hon. Tondoneh also said that since a research was done to ascertain the number of vocational institutions receiving funding from the Ministry of Education, that research has not been published as he said it was one area where the Ministries money goes down the drain. “There is no monitoring and evaluation … and most of these vocational institutions are owned by one person, sometimes with three sewing machines and very few types of equipment to make soap but yet they are receiving Le15-30Million from Government. We want to know about the annual report from these vocational institutions” he said.
In another response the MP said the establishment of the youth commission would have been in 2008 “but we are now discussing the 2009 budget and we would have loved to see the budget for the youth commission”.
He called on the Ministry of Finance to introduce performance tracking to enable government Ministries and Departments accomplish their targets and suggested that Ministries like Health and Finance Ministry should be reporting medially to ensure effectiveness and track over expenditure.
The debate on the budget appropriation enters its third allotted day today.