In Local Governance, Kono Leads
The local government council of Kono district has emerged as the best administered councils out of 19 local councils nationwide. This rating was conducted by the Decentralization Secretariat (DESEC) for the year 2009. The council also bagged the award three years ago in 2006.Â (Photo: Councillor John Yambasu (L) receives council’s certificate for ranking highest in the performance measures)
Chief Administrator, Kono District Council, Tamba Allieu has noted that the award was won out of a comprehensive Local Government Performance Assessment System (CCOPAS) assessment that was funded by the World Bank through the Decentralization Secretariat in the country.
In the words of the Chief Administrator, other criteria that were taken onboard in the rating were performance management, procurement system, project management and transparency and accountability in the running of the council, beating all 18 others in Sierra Leone.
When in 2006 the council won the award, it received a cash donation that was utilized to embark on development projects like the construction of modern market, VIP toilets and water wells in Gbensebandu Village in the Manfindor Chiefdom Kono District and disclosed plans to undertake the construction of feeder roads linking viable agricultural areas in 2010.
Tamba Allieu also revealed that the council has received a package from the National Commission for Social Action for the construction of the road network linking Ngandonde Yima Ferry Road in Nimikoro chiefdom.
Other completed projects, according to the Administrator, are market centers in Koikodu in the Gbene Kaidor Chiefdom and Yormandu in Sandor Chiefdom among others and rehabilitation of the Kono District Administrative Office in addition to the ongoing construction of a modern 18 office building at D.O. Barracks in Kono while other projects in the pipeline include rehabilitation of the 51 kilometer road, 31 kilometer road in Gbane Chiefdom, funded by the Rural and Private Sector.
He also rvealed to local media that “AFID and council are also embarking on rehabilitation of feeder roads in Feima Chiefdom. I therefore want to appeal to my people to pay their taxes that will enable council to successfully undertake these projects.Â Also, council and Paramount Chiefs of Kono District have signed a memorandum of understanding to effectively monitor tax collection. I want to commend the District Council Chairman, Councilor John Yambasu for his dedicated and meritorious services that have contributed to the success of council,”
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