Like in the Greek direct democracy, residents of Kono directly met with government officials over the weekend at the fourth Open Government Initiative (OGI) forum where locals voiced out issues affecting them.
Issues ranging from health, education, employment and the mining sector were also discussed.
Minister of Presidential Affairs Alpha Kanu who chaired the forum said the initiative was to give everybody access to express their concern or proffer suggestion or recommendation to the government. He noted that despite the global crisis, the All Peoples Congress (APC) government was able to manage the crisis and acted as a shock absorber before the crisis erupts to chaos. The OGI concept was borne out of President Koroma’s Bumbuna Presidential Retreat in January last year he said. At Bumbuna, the President expressed commitment to ensure that democracy, the rule of law and free flow of information through open channels of communication amongst the three organs of government and between government and the people prevail during his term in office.
OGI is a direct response to the president’s expressed commitment for open channels of communication in Sierra Leone.