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LoCASL Launches First Phase Peer Learning

LoCASL Launches First Phase Peer Learning

A two day workshop on Capacity Building Project   networking activities on Peer Learning in Local Councils ended recently with the theme, “Enhancing Service Delivery through Peer Learning in Local Councils”.

The workshop which was organized by Local Council Association – Sierra Leone (LoCASL) took place in the Conference Hall of the Bombali District Council, Makeni City, drew participants from all local council offices across the country.

Mayor of Makeni City, Sunkari Kabba Kamara said she was delighted to attend the meeting because she has hoped to learn from the ideas of LoCASL.

“As one who has acquired experience in the field of local administration, I have come to bluster council staff capacity, and also to learn from them,” she said, adding that she appreciated LoCASL choice of venue for hosting the workshop in Makeni City which has given her the privilege of making use of the advantage.

The Mayor said the work of Council staff needs collaborating idea among members that will make their work load a shared responsibility. He called on them to be one another’s keeper, thereby upholding the weak and leaning on the strong.

President of LoCASL who also doubles as Chairman of Bo District Council, Joseph Bindi said members should have in mind their responsibility to lobby for the association on government, state actors and partners for the furtherance of the association. He said that is why he is dedicated to his role to supervise, monitor and direct to coordinate understanding especially for new members.

“I have been pursuing appropriate headquarters through the Local Government Act for improved conditions of service for members,” he said, adding that members should aware of the responsibility expected of them which pinpoints on staff capacity building.

He went on to say that, the entire membership of LOCASL is being positioned in accordance with the results of periodic electoral votes. Therefore should they fail to meet and share ideas, it would be uneasy to accommodate new members into the system that join the association through polls.

“Our association has improved over the years especially in financial management, thereby winning the confidence of our financing partners,” he said, adding that the report of the Auditor General indicated a trustworthy financial management system in the association that has given a sign to discredit critics.

The President of LoCASL said the bedrock of development in any developing nation rests on the effectiveness of local council administration. Therefore, he appealed to sponsoring partners and the media to work on the interest of the country’s sustainable development goals awareness for the benefit of the country.

Executive Secretary of LoCASL and Project Manager, Sahr Moigua said he appreciated colleagues to steadfastness in their work as the present stage LoCASL is concerned.

“Upholding responsibilities in any organization lies on the collaborative work of its members. So of today LoCASL has reached such a success it’s a proof of how entwined its membership has been working,” he said.

Further, Moigua said since President Bio has declared 2020 as a year of service delivery. So LoCASL has responded to seeing that the President’s mandate reflects on their year’s agenda.

“We are transforming to positioning ourselves in a more proactive approach to make sure that the vision of the President is realized in our developmental strides,” he said, adding that capacity building is a major concern of LoCASL which has made the association to be in dear need of funds.

He said the European Union has been supportive to their work and that if other hands will come to complement the effort of the European Union; the work load of LoCASL would be eased to forge ahead,

Responding to how LoCASL is facing challenges in decentralization in local governance in Sierra Leone, he said it has to do with transparency and accountability to deliver in accordance with government’s 2020 budget.

“Our improvement in the last two years has been tremendous. Our supporting partners have applauded our strides and indicated continued commitment on us,” adding that local council governance has to do with the people ready to accept a change. He pointed that LoCASL can’t pursue that direction without required funds.

Representing the Ministry of Finance, Senior Economist, Samuel Kamara said, effective leadership has to do with special management regulations on procurement rules and how those rules are being executed. Responding to how LoCASL is facing challenges in decentralization in local governance in Sierra Leone, he said it has to do with transparency and accountability to deliver in accordance with government’s 2020 budget.

“Our improvement in the last two years has been tremendous. Our supporting partners have applauded our strides and indicated continued commitment on us,” adding that local council governance has to do with the people ready to accept a change. He said LoCASL can’t pursue that direction without required funds.

Representing the Ministry of Finance, Senior Economist, Samuel Kamara said, effective leadership has to do with special management regulations on procurement rules and how those rules are being executed.

“We are expecting speakers from various councils to tell us what exactly they are doing that could help us to access their score card,” he said,” adding that participants need to learn from the power points of others and see reasons to give an added value.

He said that would give a good reflection in the offices of individuals.

Project Officer of LoCASL, Mabinty Kamara said, for a good implementation of projects, there should be opportunity sharing in putting ideas together that would attract the Ministry of Local Government and other partners.

“We need to relate to others about what we do not know. This will allow inflow of knowledge from other Councils that will benefit all for the furtherance of LoCASL,” she noted.

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