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Revised constitution to move Sierra Leone forward

Revised constitution to move Sierra Leone forward

As the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone and its funding partners, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are thinking about raising the sum of $4.1 million to empower the Constitutional Review Committee for a two years period, the official Secretary to the Constitutional Review Committee, Mr. Augustine Sheku, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Infrastructure, has said that the proposed review will definitely move the country forward and help towards guiding the country’s governance.

Mr Sheku made this disclosure on Monday, eight days before the official launching of the Constitutional Review Committee which will fall on next week Tuesday at a ceremony in Freetown.

He disclosed that the mandate of the committee is to review the principles through by which the country is run since 1991 when the current laws of this land were passed. He said the committee would conduct a retrospective case study to look at the existing 1991 National Constitution for the purpose of improving the system of governance in the country. He noted that citizens will have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions, which will he said would reflect the aspirations of Sierra Leoneans in general in terms of governance.

According to the CRC Secretary, the review process will take a broad-based participatory approach, stressing that the committee will not hesitate to copy from other countries, insofar as constitutional review is concerned.

“We all will see where we can get consensus so that at the end of the day we will have revised constitution for the good of our country, Mr. Skeku told Sierra Express Media.

By Ilyasa Baa

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