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Sierra Leone to host OGI in New York

Sierra Leone to host OGI in New York

The Government of Sierra Leone is planning to hold a session of its Open Government Initiative (OGI) in the New York during the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly in September.

The OGI Director, Khadija Sesay (in photo) said she was in the United States to organize an OGI Town Meeting in the New York to coincide with the President Koroma’s presence at the general assembly meeting in the New York.

If all goes well the meeting will be held at Columbia University, she said, adding that unlike other meetings held by the president since he assumed office in 2007, this one will have an added significance because it will be organized by the Open Government Initiative.

State House source states that the government will bring its Open Government programme to Sierra Leoneans in the United States to promote transparency and accountability in governance so that Sierra Leoneans in the US will be given the opportunity to dialogue with the president and his ministers in a free and open atmosphere where the government will respond to questions about the day-to-day concerns of the government.

Confirmed source from the United States of America said the Director has held consultations with the Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the USA, Bockarie Kortu Stevens with contact made with the officials of the permanent mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations.

The focus of OGI is to increase accountability and transparency of three branches of government, that is, the Executive, Parliament and the Judiciary by enhancing the visibility of these institutions and fostering a two way communications.

However, it is not clear the number of ministers and parliamentarians that will journey along with the OGI Director for the programme.

Political pundits hold the view that the decision of the government to host the OGI programme in the US is nothing but evidence of a waste the nation’s resources without any corresponding benefit to the people of this improvised country.

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