Youth Ministry Ends Retreat in Kabala
Officials of the Ministry of Youth Affairs (MOYA) have successfully concluded a three-day interactive session in Kabala, Koinadugu District.
The event, which was organized at the Koinadugu District Council Hall in Kabala, was chaired by the Ministry’s Gender Officer, Madam Jeneba Z. Kamara.
The purpose of the meeting was for the staff to have a deep retrospect on the gains made and the accompanying challenges since the inception of the Ministry more than two years ago, as well as to further map out the way forward.
It was a unique event particularly for the junior cadre staff and volunteers that had the opportunity to sit and discuss with experienced senior management staff on pertinent issues bothering on their welfare, skills and scope of work in the Ministry.
The meeting was rousing, interesting and educative as it stimulated pertinent issues that dealt with implementation and sustenance of ongoing and future projects.
In his statement, the Minister of Youth Affairs, Hon. Alimamy A. Kamara, warned that “we have to do more despite the rapid transformation; there should be no room for complacency.”
The Director of Youth, Mr. Moinina, emphasized the importance of the National Youth Policy as key instrument for the implementation of projects in the Ministry.
Departmental heads were very much instrumental throughout the deliberations as they vigorously and fruitfully explained their roles and responsibilities, and how the civil service operates since most of the staff is gradually trying to fit into the system.
The Auditors and the Accountants in the Ministry made their duties and responsibilities crystal clear and implored workers to adhere to procedures. They also called on workers to work as a unit.
Reporting and reconciling of financial activities at least every month was one of the perfect admonishments to the staff. According to the Auditors, no further disbursement will take place without previous reconciliation.
It was also clarified that where international donors do not have regulation on the use and control of their funds, Government’s regulations must be employed because any fund received on behalf of the people of Sierra Leone is Government’s money.
The junior workers however called for capacity building and for senior officers to make it a point of duty to assign and provide job description since their mandate is not only to make the Ministry excel but also for them to make valuable contributions to the country.
Handing over ceremony between the current District Youth Chairman and the outgoing Chairman formed part of the success story, while a tour of the proposed Youth Village in Fonoroya, Sembeh Chiefdom, was the high point of the retreat.
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