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‘Office of Clerk of Parliament Should Be Non-Partisan’ -EU Consultant

As the Parliament of Sierra Leone validates its 2021/2025 Strategic Plan, a consultant for the development of the five-year plan, Dr Rasheed Draman has spoken on the need to make the Office of the Clerk of Parliament non-partisan through recruitment by the Parliamentary Service Commission with a secured tenure as in Ghana.

He also saw the need for the construction and staffing of offices for MPs both in Parliament and in their respective constituencies like what Ghana and other legislatures have done to enhance the effectiveness of MPs and their Parliaments, which will help meet the expectations of their constituents and the general citizenry.

Speaking on the theory of change, Dr Draman recalled that only 35 percent of the last Strategic Plan for Sierra Leone was implemented due to lack of funding, saying the plan has 23 objectives laced with five goals comprising institutional capacity building, strengthening law-making and oversight, representation and relationship with citizens and resource mobilization for implementation.

Project Director for EU Governance Sector Programme, Sinisa Duric in his submission said among other things that the EU was committed to strengthening the capacity of the Parliament of Sierra Leone in many spheres to enhance its operational efficiency for national development; citing legislation, representation, and oversight as instances.

Director, Center for Research and Parliamentary Studies, Mohamed Jalloh gave the welcome address whilst the Director of Parliamentary Assistance Coordination explained the background and purpose of the validation.

The Clerk of Parliament, Directors, Deputy Directors, Heads of Units, and other Staff of Parliament who were in attendance made meaningful contributions and inputs towards the

It could be recalled that as part of EU support to the government sector in Sierra Leone, Parliament recently held a virtual validation session for its five years Strategic Plan to enhance its operational effectiveness. The virtual stakeholder’s validation session brought together our development partners, including representatives from the UNDP and WFD who also made significant contributions.

Credit: Department of Public Relations Parliament of Sierra Leone

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