A two day awareness raising workshop on local governance for Paramount chiefs, sub chiefs, local councils and civil society organized by the Kenema District and City Councils in collaboration with the Kenema District Economic Recovery Project (KDERP) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund has ended at the District Council hall along Maxwell Khobe street in Kenema city.
In his opening remarks the Provincial Secretary East Alhaji Salia Magona said the workshop is geared towards identifying the problems between the councils, civil society and the traditional rulers so that it will be solved for the success of the councils.
The Provincial Secretary called on the Council and Civil Society to tighten up their belts and put effort together in ensuring that the local government achieves its goal.
In his keynote address the Resident Minister East William Juana Smith described the workshop as timely, and called on all and sundry at the workshop as key stake holders in nation building to use the session to engage themselves in meaningful and useful discussions on the various agenda items.
The Resident Minister stated that the All People’s Congress (APC) government recognizes the useful role that a self-reliant local government institution can play in the national economy and social development of any nation.
Adding that the government also recognizes that the lack of financial and man power resources have made it impossible for these institutions to undertake any developmental strides the Resident Minister called on all to put their hands together to support the councils to achieve their goals in the interest of the nation.
Earlier in his statement the Mayor of the Kenema City Council Chief Brima Kargbo disclosed that the two councils are ready to work in the interest of their respective communities at all times. Mayor Kargbo admonished the Civil Society groups, Paramount Chiefs and other stakeholders to give them their fullest cooperation for development, and therefore called on all and sundry to honour their tax obligations, saying that without revenue the council will not perform as expected.
Facilitators included Josephus E.L.Kpange Senior Local Government Officer in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Local Government and Rural Development, Pious Bockarie and Juana Bhonopha of the Kenema District Economic Recovery Programme (KDERP). The Chairman Kenema district council Patrick Mannah Sarmu alias ‘’Hugbatay’’ meaning to arrange gave the closing courtesies.