Sierra Leone Government Strangulates FCC
The Freetown City Council headed by Mayor Yvonne Aki- Sawyerr , a member of the main opposition, All Peoples Congress (APC) is currently being deprived of funds by the Sierra Leone Peoples Party led government.
For close to a year now, the FCC is yet to receive any funding from the central government in order to carry out its programs.
Reasons for this deliberate act from the SLPP government according to many citizens cannot be unconnected to what many described as the ‘’ Korkor Politics’’ being practiced by the central government so to score cheap political point.
It could be noted that the Local Government Act of 2004 devolves all major developmental functions to local councils so as to ensure that every government development project reaches the right beneficiaries.
In achieving this, the central government in every national budget makes provision for funds for all local councils in order to carry out their administrative and development functions.
However, the Freetown City Council headed an APC Mayor, seems to be left out of government funding for reasons still unclear.
Consequently, the FCC in a bid to carry out its administrative and elected functions resorted to reviewing property rates among other taxes.
This however did not seem to augur well for the central government who in a press release by the Ministry of Local Government, has ordered the immediate stop on the proposed property rates for reasons it says was because of the corona virus pandemic.
But corona does not stop landlords from receiving huge amount of rent for the properties they own neither Corona virus stopped the NRA from increasing and collecting more tax. It is important to note that the 2019 Finance Act by the Sierra Leone Peoples Party Government levies tax on services provided by lawyers and other professionals.
It could also be noted that the Government 2020 budget included funds they claimed was meant for Freetown City Council but the government seems to have deliberately refused to give FCC their funds till date.
The Mayor and the entire Freetown City Council Staff, deserve to be praised as the best council in the history of Sierra Leone even though Central Government consistently deprives them of funds meant for the Council
How do we expect the Mayor to deliver on her TRANSFORM FREETOWN PROJECT without money? Concerned Freetonians queried.
It is clear that The Mayor has been delivering on her promises since she was sworn in.
Freetonians now believe in the possibility of their city actualizing dynamic transformation.
However, the ‘Korkor Politics being practiced by the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party continues to strangulate the operations of the council.
By Ibrahim Alusine Kamara
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