The National Accountability Group (NAG) has ended a two day training session with Women’s groups, religious leaders, people with disability, traders Union leaders and traditional leaders at the 3Ks guest house in Kenema City.
The programme officer of National Accountability Group (NAG) Edward B. Koroma said the aim of the training is to set up local monitoring groups in every ward to monitor the functions of Local Councils and other devolved functions. He stated that the purpose for setting up local monitoring groups is to help Local Councils in the country to keep proper documentation of their activities and to help the poor vulnerable groups to get their basic needs from the authority. The programme officer further stated that the aim of NAG is not to undermine the activities of Local Councils but to help them to be accountable to the people they are serving. He called on participants to put into practice what they have learnt during the two day training, adding it will enhance good governance and accountability in the country.
In his contribution the NAG District Monitor Officer Lamin Koroma disclosed that the National Accountability Group is a civil society advocacy organization that is dedicated to promoting anti-corruption initiatives with the public and private sectors.
Lamin Koroma said public procurement procedures in Local Councils across the country are one of the major problems facing the Local Councils in their functions. He appealed to the participants to organize dialogue forum with stakeholders in their localities on the activities of Councils and its devolved functions. Koroma called on the 25 participants to work in the interest of their community in order to enhance better development adding that they are the direct representative of their people in the Councils.
Giving an update of the Local Councils the Deputy Chief Administrator in the Kenema City Council (KCC) Madam Bintu Vangahun explained how the Councils generate revenue and how they spend it for development programmes and administrative cost. She disclosed some of the development programmes the Kenema City Council have outlined for implementation in Kenema City.
A participant Eku Scotland described the monitoring training as a key to development and assured NAG of their commitment to the achievement of the programme. He called on all to come onboard for the development of their communities.
By Saffa Moriba