TI-SL schools media and youth
A non-Governmental Organization known as Transparency International Sierra Leone (TISL) with funding from World Bank and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) has Monday 21 October 2013 commence a four (4) days training for media practitioners, School Management Committee, Local Council and youths on Public Financial Management at the eastern polytechnic canteen Kenema city in the eastern republic of Sierra Leone drawing participants from all over Kenema district.
In his opening statement, the field officer of Transparency International Sierra Leone (TISL) Kenema Lamin Koroma welcome and thanked participants and that training is set in two folds starting with two days for youths and media practitioners why the last two days is set for school management committee and local councils which will end on Thursday 24 October 2013 adding that Transparency International Transparency International Sierra Leone formerly the National Accountability Group is local Nonprofit, Non-governmental, civil society organization with a mandate to achieve greater accountability transparency and integrity in the private and public sectors.
He says TI-SL is also the Sierra Leone national chapter of Transparency International in Berlin, Germany, and appealed to all and sundry to take the training seriously and to put into practice whatever knowledge gain from the training.
Giving an overview of the organization the programme officer research Transparency International Sierra Leone Abdulai Koroma says that the training is a follow up to the pre-consultative meeting held in August this year in Kenema in which some of the participants were in attendance. Saying all is aware that our country is a post war development era, where in lots of efforts or initiatives need to be put in place to enhance development for all and sundry. We the citizens are very hopeful and have very high aspiration in terms of development being done to improve our plight towards prosperity.
He says Public Financial Management is crucial for a country’s development and demands the concern and interest of all citizens from youth, women, children and all stake actors, adding in view of the above the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development through funding from the World Bank has initiated a non-stake Actors program to work with civil society organizations to ensure effective public finance management at all level of governance.
He disclosed that this project is a pilot project to be followed by a two years program. As such we expect to make good use of this opportunity to learn and space to engage towards partnership in effectively and efficiently managing our resources for a better and prosperous Sierra Leone.
Sheku Tanga a Journalist in his contribution told his audience that training is meant to increase the knowledge base of media practitioners to enable them deal with the issue of financial management, adding that at the end of the training Journalists will be empower to engage our state actors on financial issues.
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