The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, under the leadership of Dr. Francis Kai-Kai and his able Deputy, Dr. Robert Chakanda, has ended a one-day District Popularization and decentralization of the Medium Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) (2019-2023) at the District Council Hall in Moyamba.
The ceremony, which was graced by strategic stakeholders drawn from different strata of society, was followed by a technical session on discussions aimed at soliciting views on the districts’ development priorities and onward decentralization and ownership of the plan for effective implementation and results of the “New Direction” development targets for that district.
The Deputy District Council Chairman, Alfred B. Banya, who chaired the ceremony, welcomed the entourage and said the program was timely and that it will put to speed the district stakeholders to remain committed in enhancing the Government development move.
Giving the general overview of the workshop, Mr. Peter Sam-Kpakra, Development Secretary in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, reiterated government’s commitment to improving the lives of sierra Leoneans through a well plan development trajectory.
He recalled that, H.E. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, in February 2019 launched the MTNDP with the theme “Education for Development” with the overarching goal to reduce poverty in all its forms by improving the lives of the people through education, inclusive sustainable growth, and building a resilient economy. He said that the process will be replicated in the 16 districts in Sierra Leone.
He dilated on the inaugural ceremony, commonly paraphrased by Dr. Francis Kai-Kai, as the KAMBIA MOMENT, which was graced by the Hon. Vice President of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, which took place in Kambia on the 17th and 18th October 2019.
The Host Paramount Chief, Foday MomohGulama, expressed appreciation to the MoPED and commended the government of President Bio for his development strides. He encapsulated the current developments taking place in the district under the New Direction anddescribed the Moyamba-Shenge, Songo-Moyamba roads as death traps, and mentioned energy and agriculture amongst others as key that need urgent attention. PC Gulama confessed that the people of Moyamba are proud that President Bio hails from the district.
In his address, the Hon. Deputy Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Robert T.M. Chakanda expressed his appreciation on behalf of Government to the distinguish representatives and People of Moyamba District in marking a major illustration of Government’s determination in ensuring that development is owned by the people.
He noted the importance of the occasion, referring to it as “the road to acquiring an impressive Human Capital Development”. Dr. Chacanda said the government was very committed to addressing some of the major challenges highlighted by the people of Moyamba, especially in the education, roads, energy and agricultural sectors. He said the plan is arranged around eight (8) Policy Clusters reflecting the needs of the Moyamba people and the other 15 districts of Sierra Leone.
"The District Engagement is principally intended to pave the path to an accelerated implementation of the MTNDP in all districts and communities throughout by ensuring that all leading actors in the district are fully informed with authorities in the implementation of the plan and having each of these districts identify 2 to 3 key development priorities based on the plan for the next 1 to 2 years," underscored Dr. Chakanda.
He emphatically stated that government will soon come up with a comprehensive District Development Coordination Structure to guide and ensure coordinated and coherent implementation of projects, which he stated “will embed effective monitoring and evaluation in local communities”. Sequel to that, he announced that, government has established a National Monitoring and Evaluation Department (NAMED) within MoPED dedicated to strengthening a national M&E systems, which will include effective development impact assessment and reporting at national, district and community levels, covering all activities of government and non-governmental organizations.