As part of their 20th anniversary celebration, the National Commission for Democracy NCD, yesterday launched their first ever ‘Good Governance Magazine’ on the activities of the Commission at its conference hall, 9th floor Youyi Building.
Giving the purpose of the meeting, Commissioner of the Northern Region, John Bai Conteh, stated that the day will remain a red letter one in the history of the Commission which is launching its first ever maiden Good Governance Magazine which they have been trying to do for the past two years, but were unable to complete, due to the lack of professional advice from the four corners.
He maintained that knowing fully well about the importance of information as most people do not understand the role played by NCD, which was why as planners within the Commission, they thought it fit that ‘having a magazine to complement the work they have been doing especially letting the populace know what they were established, adding that despite the Ebola outbreak, they are trying their best in executing their duties.
Delivering the keynote address and officially launching the ‘Good Governance Magazine’, the Chairman of the Commission, Dr Abu Bakarr Kargbo, disclosed that the launching exercise is a manifestation of their success, as a journey of a thousand miles, start with the first step and that they could not succeed two years back, but that they went through it as a Commission, explaining that trying to sensitize people in Sierra Leone about democracy, is not an easy thing, as the magazine is just a modest beginning.
He maintained that they did the magazine in order to encourage Sierra Leoneans to start reading literature pertaining to good governance, because the magazine contains issues relating to the activities of the Commission for the year, on critical analysis of governance issues, such as transparency and accountability, adding that they decided to invite the Press to help propagate their messages to the public, simply because if they work in partnership with the press, he believes the Commission will succeed.
‘Despite the fact that we are experiencing a catastrophe in the nation, that is Ebola, and you know President says we should direct all our efforts towards the fight against the Ebola ‘he recall, stating that they have started the magazine process for far too long and they want it to get out of their focus, which is why they are launching it for the benefit of all Sierra Leoneans.
The Special Assistant to the NCD Chairman, Kallie Sillah, disclosed that the Commission is open to positive criticism which will help them improve on their work and performance for the better, as they are not perfect but at the same time expressed thanks and appreciation to the production team of the magazine for their persistent effort in ensuring it comes to pass.
According to the Communication and Public Relations Manager of NCD, Reverend Gibrilla Kargbo, the magazine was part of their activities in the Performance Contract signed with State House, as they will be going to replicate the exercise in the South and Eastern region in the third and fourth quarter of the year, explaining that at this particular time, they should have started putting together the next edition of magazine, as their plan is to produce twice yearly, as they were faced with financial difficulties in relation to government’s allocation.
By Alhaji M. Kamara
Wednesday September 24, 2014