Makeni, SIERRA LEONE – Chief Foday Alimamy Umaro Jalloh-III of Kalian Chiefdom has lauded the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party’s decision to participate in governance, viewing it as a positive move for the advancement of democracy in Sierra Leone.
He expressed his support after witnessing the successful swearing-in ceremony of APC and SLPP elected officials in the northeast region, describing the event as ground-breaking.
“It is no secret that there has been a neglect of the main purpose of local councils, which is to promote rural development in their respective areas,” PC Jalloh-III commented.
“For a long time, there has been a lack of progress, especially in the northeast and northwest regions, where the APC won the majority of seats due to their absence from governance.
“However, with the successful oath taking, I believe this will greatly benefit rural development and democracy in Sierra Leone,” PC Jalloh-III further remarked.
As a paramount chief, PC Jalloh-III expressed his excitement at witnessing this historic occasion, which signifies the beginning of paramount chiefs’ direct involvement in the administration of their local councils, as mandated by the 2022 Local Government Act.
Speaking on behalf of his fellow paramount chiefs, PC Jalloh-III vowed to collaborate with both the administrative and political arms of the local councils, who are responsible for spearheading rural development.
He emphasized that while local councils are primarily meant to support the work of paramount chiefs, as stated in the 2022 Local Councils Act, their main role is to uphold policies and mediate conflicts within their respective councils to foster stability and unity for sustainable rural development.
In conclusion, the esteemed PC advised the elected councilors, chairpersons, and mayors, particularly in the northeast and northwest regions, to set aside partisan interests and work together as a united force to deliver effective governance in their respective councils. ARW/1/11/2023