Minister Commissions Health Centre
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Finda Diana Konomanyie, over the weekend commissioned the Abattoir Refrigerator Room, the Kenema City Council Water Purification Centre, and the Hangha Community Health Centre. (Photo: Finda Diana Konomanyie)
In his opening remarks the chairman of the occasion, who doubles as the Provincial Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Kalilu Bah, expressed profound thanks to the UNDP and the UNCDF for providing funds for the Local Councils for the construction of the Abattoir Refrigerator Room, the Kenema City Council Water Purification Centre, and the Hangha Community Health Centre for the Kenema District Council. He commended the Kenema District and City Council for embracing Local Economy Development project under UNDP and UNCDF programme.
Bah reiterated that the commissioning demonstrated the fullness of the councils promise made during their campaign period of bring development to the people in the Kenema city and District.
Speaking on behalf of the councils, the chairman of the Kenema District Council Dr. Senesie Manssaray thanked the UN Family for providing the financial support for the construction of the respective structures as part of the Agenda for Prosperity. He said as council their dream is to bring developmental programs to their people and assured UNCDF and UN Women and the ministry of Local Government that the facilities will be used for its intended purpose.
In his statement the representative of the center Government who is the Minister of State East Hon. Williams Juana Smith thanked the UN Family for their developmental strike in the communities especially the Local Economy Development project (LED). He said the maintenance of those facilities must be considered as part of the councils.
W J Smith reiterated that the time of political indifference is over and it’s now time of development and called on all to work for the interest of the people.
The Hon. Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children Affairs Hon. Moijuel Kaikai said for the Local Economic Development (LED) project to be successful, women need to be empowered and councils are to involve women in the management system, stating that the UN Family is working with the Centre government and however called on local councils to ensure that development is available to the people.
The UN Family representative Charles Noch Mback said they want to see that the project create positive impact on the people and to ensure that the Centre’s are utilized appropriately.
In her key note address, the Hon. Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Hon. Finda Diana Konomanyie expressed her profound thanks and appreciation to the UNCDF and the UN Women for their support to her Ministry through the Local Economy Development (LED) project.
Hon. Finda Diana Konomanyie reiterated that as a Ministry and Councils they appreciate the development program accorded to the local councils and implored the councils to make good use of the facilities and encourage the people to cooperate with the councils by paying their taxes as it will enable councils to undertake more development.
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