The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched property data base and business register on institutional reform and capacity building projects at the Kenema district council hall.
The programme attracted the Kenema City and Kenema District Councils, councillors, revenue collectors, chiefdom finance clerks, paramount chiefs and other stakeholders in the community.
The UNDP representative, Pious Bockarie, said the purpose of the launching was to secure funding to assist the councils in developing their business registers and property to enhance the councils’ revenue collection.
He maintained that, “UNDP has many packages to implement and the councils will not continue to get donor support for their developmental projects but needed to be capacitated through their own local revenue to assist the councils on pilot projects that been have implemented in the first phase”.
Mr Bockarie added that the UNDP was ready to assist the councils to implement developmental activities in their localities.
Earlier in his speech the chairman of the programme who is also the provincial secretary, Jaya Samuka, commended the organizers for their initiatives which he said were the right steps.
The acting director of Local Government funding department, Michael Dauda, said the government of Sierra Leone passed the Decentralization Act 2006 to decentralize government’s policies.
He added that the councils needed serious campaigning to sensitize the public about the needs for people to pay their taxes to the councils and to explain to the people about their roles and responsibilities to the councils and the councils’ responsibilities to the people.