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Civil Society hails SSL but laments Le26 Billion funding gap

Civil Society hails SSL but laments Le26 Billion funding gap

National Coordinator, Democracy Sierra Leone (DSL), Alhaji Warisay has informed journalists that the national census processes are not only transparent or participatory but also inclusive, open and highly accountable.

Mr. Warisay made the commendation at his office at Percival Street in Freetown during a media engagement with the 2015 Civil Society Census Technical Committee.

The Coordinator intimated that they as members of Civil Society belonging to the census technical committee have been following development on activities of the census that is why they are in authority to reveal their fact findings on the process.

He emphasized on how the management of Statistics Sierra Leone cannot do anything without the approval of the technical committee which, he said, comprises the UN family, like UNFPA, World Bank and political parties, adding that they have been monitoring the process down to village level to know what Field Officers, Evaluators and Enumerators are exactly doing.

However, Mr. Warritay also accounted that the data collection institution has a funding gap of 26Billion Leones which he said they need to cover by December and he concluded that they are not employing or sacking people based on political lineage but by merit and he called on the general public to support SSL to produce credible data.

By Abdulai Mento Kamara

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