In continuation with the CPP’s manifesto, the party is determined to promote good governance that will enhance stability and prosperity.
Good governance has been a major problem in Sierra Leone’s political history. Most of the country’s problems have been associated with inefficient or bad governance. The CPP has given serious thought on this issue and has taken the bold step of coming up with a comprehensive programme of introducing institutional reforms that would give efficiency and transparency to the nation’s governance machinery.
The basic approach will be to decentralize government functions and services from Freetown to the districts and chiefdoms. The basic structures have been there since colonial times, and all that is needed is to upgrade these administrative structures in line with current global trends. Educated Sierra Leoneans would be encouraged to go back to their home districts and chiefdoms to handle the day-to-day management of their governance and development programmes.
The position of our traditional rulers would be protected, made more functional with less interference from the central government.
The following will be done as a starting point in the decentralization process.
Decentralize the central government machinery so that more responsibilities are delegated/given to the districts and chiefdoms in which the districts become the focal point for administration and the chiefdoms the focal point for development.
Decentralise the medical, educational and other social services so that they become functions of local government.
Decentralise agricultural development and production to the private sector while government only intervenes through the appropriation of financial subventions and tax breaks.
Decentralise industrial development so that industries are spread throughout the country and based on the source and availability of raw materials the markets. This will also enhance the creation of job opportunities throughout the country.