The Decentralisation Secretariat and the Ministry of Internal Affairs Local Government and Rural Development will re-launch Sierra Leone’s devolution programme at a workshop at Bintumani Hotel in Freetown from May 28 to 30.
The devolution programme was initially launched in 2005 and it serves as the hallmark of the new local government system. Following the promulgation of the Local Government Act, (LGA), the Local Government (Assumption of Functions) regulations were published.
This document specified the functions and activities that should be devolved in phases and according to a specific time frame to local councils by various Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Eighteen MDAs were to devolve functions according to the provisions of the LGA, but as of December 2008, 43 functions out of a total of 80 functions targeted for devolution are yet to be devolved.
Government views this as unacceptable and has taken the decision to re-launch the devolution programme. Government remains steadfast in its desire to promote good governance and bring about improved service delivery nationwide by means of the decentralisation programme.
The re-launch workshop will bring together all key stakeholders in the decentralisation programme and they would collectively develop a framework (including a robust devolution monitoring system) for the rapid advancement of the devolution process.
Government is working towards the realisation of the promotion of democracy at the grassroots level and the increase of the capacities of the people to contribute to the decision-making process which directly affects their lives.