50th Anniversary Debunks Press Claims
The attention of the 50th Independence Anniversary National Planning Committee has been drawn to publications in two local newspapers which are raising questions about the integrity of the committee.
The document published namely, the Statement of Income and Expenditure and Structure and Terms of Reference, were prepared by the 50th Independence Anniversary Secretariat and the National Planning Committee had not had an opportunity to examine or discuss prior to them being published.
The National Planning Committee wishes to inform the public that it is going through the process of examining the Statement of Income and Experience submitted by the Secretariat and will in due course fully brief the public at the end of the exercise.
Further, the Committee wishes to inform the public that the information contained in one of these publications which states ‘… with Mr. Allie Bangura and two others as signatories to the accounts” is erroneous. Mr. Allie Bangura is not a signatory to any of the Committee’s accounts.
The National Planning Committee also wishes to inform the public that, at its inception, its terms of reference were not clearly defined. The Secretariat has since developed a terms of Reference document which the Committee is in the process of examining for their approval and ratification by government.
It is unfortunate that these two documents have been placed in the public domain without the Committee having an opportunity to discuss and approve them and therefore be in a position to explain the contents to members of the public.
The National Planning Committee wishes to assure the general public that it is fully committed to ensure transparency and accountability in its operations while endeavoring to fulfill its mandate and justify the trust placed on it by H.E the President, the Government and the people of Sierra Leone.
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