Open Government Initiative Secretariat; Ministry of Presidential and Public Affairs State House Freetown
Freetown, Sierra Leone 20th March2010: The Open Government Initiative (OGI) on Saturday 20th March 2010 held its usual open dialogue with Members of Parliament and Councilors in the Western Urban of Freetown, at the Wellington Community Centre and on the 27th March at the Maitta Conference Center Brookfields.
OGI is taking governance to people in the Western Urban with a twin approach, by first engaging MPs and Councillors from east of the Western Urban to enable people come up with concerns, problems and suggestions that are geared towards the development of their communities.
These, among reasons are why the OGI secretariat deems it fit to target the east of the municipality of Freetown and a week later the west, whereby people will be also given the opportunity to converge at the Miatta Conference Center, and raise concerns, and make meaningful contributions towards development.
While still holding its interactive â€˜Have Your Say in Governanceâ€™ on both Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) television and radio, OGI will also continue to earn people from all works of life the privilege to fully participate in national discussion by addressing issues ranging from health and environmental sanitation, the regular provision of water and power supply to the populace, as well as the illegal connections National Power Authority NAP electricity.Â
These, among other relevant national issues have been exhausted by the OGI â€˜Have Your Say in Governanceâ€™s participants during phone-in discussion on SLBS radio and TV.
In partnership with ENCISS, OGI is also moving hard together other organizations including the Unite Nations Development Programme, to help achieve President Koromaâ€™s â€˜Agenda for Changeâ€™ by continuously to meeting with and engaging MPs and Councilors and their various city councils, to ascertain how best the District Councils have been decentralized in Sierra Leone.Â
Like last yearâ€™s town hall meetings, held almost throughout the country, this phase of the OGI open dialogue will continue to engage the judiciary, the entire legislature and other government departments.
The OGI open dialogue with MPs, Councilors and parastals, is strictly in line with commitment made by His Excellency President Dr. Koroma, in his premier address to the nation, on 5th October 2007 when dwelled on the significance of transparency and accountability in the public service and strengthening separation of powers in governance.Open Government Initiative Secretariat; Ministry of Presidential and Public Affairs State House Freetown
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