Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – During a recent briefing outlining his ministry’s five-year plan, the Minister of Local Government and Community Affairs, Tamba Lamina, discussed some of the key challenges he faces, with a particular emphasis on fiscal decentralization.
Minister Tamba Lamina informed stakeholders and journalists that one of the most significant challenges in his ministry is the devolution of fiscal decentralization. He pointed out that, although the ministry had been involved in interconnected transfers concerning revenue sharing with local councils and chiefdoms, the fiscal aspect of decentralization had not been adequately addressed as expected.
However, Minister Lamina went on to explain that his ministry has initiated discussions with chiefdom councils regarding revenue mobilization and is actively working on a fiscal decentralization policy, even though there is still much work to be done in this area.
“The 2022 policy dictates that we address fiscal decentralization, which has been a major challenge for the ministry,” Minister Tamba Lamina stated.
He further stressed that, despite the significant challenge posed by the devolution Act, his ministry is currently focused on the comprehensive review of the policy to promote efficiency and development. He noted that there are twenty-two local council seats, which include district chairpersons and local councilors, among others.
“The area of devolved functions remains a challenge,” the Minister concluded. AJ/1/11/2023