NaCSA Deputy Commissioner Highlight’s successes
On Wednesday 29th August 2017, the Deputy Commissioner of National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA), Haja Isatu Kamara highlighted the Commission’s successes over the years.
Commissioner Kamara in her speech said that the commission has a mandate to promote community based demand driven and sustainable development activities which lead to the alleviation of poverty, reduction in the threat of renewed conflict and improvement in the speed quality and impact of development initiatives in cooperation with non-governmental organizations, relevant line ministries, private sector partners and interested parties who want to see the country develop.
She stated that NaCSA has the social and economic opportunities aspect that focused on four thematic areas that work towards promoting women’s empowerment, contributing to youth employment, developing market potentials and enhancing food security adding that the commission has made significant achievements in attaining the target more especially for those Programmes with multi-year implementation prospect.
She added that the commission over the years has supported the establishment of women groups in Kenema, Kono, Bombali, Kambia, Port Loko, Tonkolili, Bo, Bonthe, Moyamba, Pujehun and Western Are with a total membership of 2,360 women through mentorship and coaching provided by NaCSA.
Kamara said that these groups have built strong harmony amongst themselves and the capacity built support has enhanced economic self-reliance and participation in business activities.
She deliberated that the commission has equipped unemployed graduates with technical skills and practical experiences in various aspects of service delivery, by recruiting them in to various administrative units and Programmes of the commission.
She said that this has helped lot of youths gaining beneficial and fruitful employment that is presently helping them to take care of themselves and their families who depend on them.
She added that the commission puts so many premiums on increased agricultural productivity and attainment of food security as a strategy for reducing poverty since the agriculture sector contributes about 50% to the country’s economy and employed about 70% of the population. She pointed out that through funding assistance from the Word Bank; NaCSA Labor Intensive Public Works supported over 5,600 youths in 70 communities in agricultural productivity activities.
Madam Kamara said that through its social protection secretariat, NaCSA team has registered victims of the mudslide in the various locations at Mortormeh, Pentagon, Kamayama, Gbangba Yilla, Mount Sugar Loaf and services School.
She furthered that survivors were also sensitized on the need for voluntary relocation in disaster prone areas and this exercise is an ongoing as there is a whole unit in the commission that has been working on social safety Net, providing income to hundreds of deprived families with funding from the World Bank and government of Sierra Leone.
She continued that NaCSA has intervened over the years as an emergency safety-net response institution easing the burden of disaster on the most vulnerable communities thereby mitigating the risk of resorting to adverse coping mechanisms that would reduce their assets and human capital base.
By Bockarie Kamara
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