Benjamin Koroma Chief Administrator (CA) of the Makeni Town Council has in an interview with Awoko disclosed that the paramount function of the Council since 2008 is the improvement of environmental sanitation within the Township.
The essence of the Councils he continued “is to augment government’s effort in the development process so we are charged with a good number of functions that are contained in the Local Government Act of 2004″.
He added “we promote education besides the supervisory function which we carry out over our District. We have the responsibility of overseeing the implementation of the policy within the cities. When it comes to the area of health, for instance, the primary health care services has been devolved to council and so we collaborate with the ministry of Health and Sanitation in ensuring quality service delivery. In the area of social life welfare gender and children’s affairs we also collaborate with them in ensuring the best interest of children.”
On the area of agriculture Chief Administrator said that the Council oversee, monitor and evaluate the activities of farmers
Benjamin Koroma also disclosed that the Council has a 200 acre farm in collaboration with the Freetown City Council.
He also stated that they have been able to work in collaboration with NACSA to improve drainage network of the Township prior to that the town was always in floods during the rainy season. After the improvement of the drainage system “I think we can boast if having not suffered most from flooding” he said.
Speaking about their Supervisory, evaluation and monitoring role the Chief Administrator maintained that they look at their plans before disbursing funds.
The Council and other partners have never been in conflict role since they have a cabinet meeting every Monday where they look at the past week’s activities, their achievement, the challenges and the way forward.
“This has gone a long way to prevent conflict in terms of roles because as an administrator, I know where my limits are I can only supervise, monitor and evaluate based on funds that are directed towards activity contained in the development plan. On the issue of generating funds the CA said the Council generates funds through all old source revenue, government grants and donations from their development partners. The old source revenues include collection of market dues, house rate, lease and fines, licenses and of course lease rent from people who occupy Council’s facilities.
By Betty Milton