The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Tamba Lamina, has said, the Ministry will start a review of the decentralization policy on Tuesday 15th October 2019. The review is to establish a strong synergy between the Ministry and Local Councils. This pronouncement was made at the usual government press briefing, on Thursday 10th October 2019, at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Information and Communication, on Youyi Building in Freetown. However, some people remain doubtful as to whether the review of the decentralization policy will create a strong synergy between the Ministry and that of local councils. The reason cited is that government and the Ministry are always dragging feet to provide subvention to these local councils. The Minister said, funds are in short supply because the government does not have all the required resources to always provide the funds for local councils. He said, they had advised the local councils to find ways of raising revenue by themselves, but they are yet to begin to do so. He added that they have had consultations with stakeholders across the country and that is also going to take part in the review of the decentralization process.
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The Minister furthered that the review of the decentralization policy will bring a very huge change to the decentralization process, for there is the political will. “The Act itself came into existence since 2009. Things have changed, the population has increased, and there are additional districts. There have been huge concerns over the delay in conducting the Paramount Chief Elections in the country, and the natives of these districts are eagerly waiting to see their leaders being elected. The Local Government Minister said, the delay in conducting the Paramount Chief elections is deliberate, and that is largely because they want to ensure that the right people are elected.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay
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