The National Commission for War Affected Children which was established by the previous government to address socials problems caused by the war especially those regarding children affected by the more than decade-long rebel in Sierra Leone was early this week officially shut down to give way to the formation of National Commission for Children.
The Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs Soccoh Kabia said that his Ministry was now working on plans to establish the National Commission for Children as stipulated by the Gender ACT 2007 but could not tell whether the National Commission for War Affected Children was now going to be transformed or incorporated into the new Commission. He however confirmed that the mandate of NaCWAC has just ended.
He explained that NaCWAC has actually done tremendous work with very tight budget throughout the country in responding to the needs of war affected children, noting that the new Commission would count heavily on some of the successes and achievements of NaCWAC.
He pointed out that, this is a transitional period in the history of our country as we are moving from a war situation to post war development of the country, in which every category of children would be targeted by the new Commission.
In the area of absorption, he said he was aware of the socio economic implications the end of NaCWAC mandate may have caused to former personnel of NaCWAC but confirmed that they might not be left out as their experiences are key to the success of the new Commission.
By Solomon Rogers