Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a bid to enhance effective revenue tax mobilization and address devolution challenges within his ministry, Tamba Lamina, the Minister of Local Government and Community Affairs, announced on Tuesday that a decentralization chapter has been established for the 1991 constitution.
Lamina revealed that this development stemmed from findings conducted by the ministry, where Sierra Leoneans expressed the need for decentralization to be included as an entrenched clause in the country’s constitution.
“We cannot afford to get decentralization wrong, and it is the only way forward,” he emphasized. The reason for creating this chapter, according to Lamina, is the absence of any constitutional clause in the 1991 constitution that addresses decentralization governance and its further enhancement in local government.
Lamina’s ministry has worked on a special chapter dedicated to decentralization to rectify this. He added, “So Local Government is here to stay. The only thing we need to do is to strengthen it further.”
In response to this initiative and the operation of local councils in Kenema, Kailahun, and other areas, the ministry has launched the “One Famble program.” This program aims to empower local communities to plan and prioritize their needs effectively. AJ/2/11/2023