Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh on Monday 14th September urged stakeholders in various government agencies to fight to reach the benchmarks set by the Inter-Ministerial Committee.
Speaking at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development’s Inter-Ministerial Committee (MMC) Meeting at the Bintumani Conference Center, VP Juldeh Jalloh said it was essential to ensure continued decentralization to achieve equitable socioeconomic development. The process, he said, started in 2004 with the establishment of democratically elected councils followed by a provision of funding to accomplish their devolved functions.
He said despite immense efforts the process has been marred by problematic dynamics such as the creation of new districts and the need to create more of them in achieving equity.
In the last two and a half years, he said, the government has been doing fantastic work in providing funding for the decentralization process. He called on the councils to get the ball rolling, adding that the ongoing city rates review would help in providing financial viability for councils.
In calibrating the decentralization process, VP Juldeh Jalloh called on participants to highlight the issues, and for the ministries to devolve remaining functions to the councils.