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MPs and Clerks of Committees benefit from capacity building workshop

MPs and Clerks of Committees benefit from capacity building workshop

Freetown, Wednesday 23 May (SLENA) – The Parliamentary Assistant Coordination Office (PACO) supported by UNDP has concluded a capacity building working session for parliamentarians, chairperson and clerks of committees in the house of parliament in Freetown.  (Photo: Parliamentarians and clerks of committees during PACO training session )

In his opening remarks, Clerk of Parliament, Mr. Ibrahim Sesay commended UNDP for capacitating parliament in order to strengthen their capacity for effective administration of parliament.

He described the training session as very timely especially for clerks of committees as it will help them understand their relationship with MPS and vice versa.

He urged committee clerks and parliamentarians to collaborate with each other for improved working relationship and better coordination and further urged the clerks to be knowledgeable about the Constitution of Sierra Leone and the parliamentary Standing Orders.

Giving a background to PACO’s operations in the country, the focal person, Mrs. Finda Fraizer said in 2011 UNDP provided capacity building support to parliament by recruiting twenty-three staff for effective management of parliament.

While pointing out the many training programmes PACO had done for MDAs in the past, Mrs. Fraizer said PACO’s objective in supporting parliament was to develop the mind set of parliamentarians and clerks of committees while carrying out their oversight functions.

Other speakers at the opening ceremony included the Deputy Clerk of Parliament, Mr. Mohamed Jabbie and Mr. Peter Kulagbanda who spoke on the roles, responsibilities and functions of MPs and committee clerks.

Bah,S/SLENA

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