The European Union has donated two brand new Toyota (Hilux) Vehicles and Seven Yamaha Motor bikes to staff of the Port Loko District Council to enhance community development and effective Local Governance System in the district.
Speaking at the commissioning and handing over ceremony at the Fore court of the council’s Administrative building in Port Loko, the Chairman of the Council, Ibrahim Santigie Bangura stated that with the determination and commitment on the part of management and the entire staff of the council, they were able to make tremendous strides in spite of numerous challenges and pledged to do more. The donation, he said will help the council deliver it services to the entire district and the country as a whole. He expressed thanks and appreciation to the EU for the gesture. Mr. Bangura appealed to staff of the council and residents of the district to ensure the items are used for their intended purposes.
Giving an overview of the EU Funded Project, the Coordinator for Port Loko District Council – Franklyn Belmoh lamented over the several challenges faced by the council in enhancing proper and quality service delivery. He disclosed that the management staff of the council prepared and submitted a project proposal to the EU in order to remedy the situation, which was later approved. The main thrust of the two-year project, he said is to promote community development and effective local governance system in the council. He described the ceremony as a clear manifestation of the unwavering commitment of the leadership of the council and EU to ensure that the objective of the project is fully realized.
In his handing statement, the Director of the Decentralization Secretariat, Alex Bonapha, commended staff of the council for their hard work, noting that in spite of the numerous challenges facing them, they have been able to stand out prominently in terms of service delivery. He encouraged other local councils to introduce a robust archiving system that would promote transparency, accountability and an effective records management of their activities. “It can only be better if you introduce the right monitoring and control system in your programmes”, he added. Mr. Bonapha expressed optimism that the vehicles and motorbikes will address the existing monitoring and supervision gap in the council. He entreated the council to make the best use of the items.
Receiving the items,
the Chief Administrator of the Council, Rhaman Tom Farmar, described the ceremony as “a stepping stone” that would also help promote the council’s aspirations. He reiterated his council’s continued commitment to fill existing capacity gaps in the councils in terms of service delivery. Mr. Tom Farmar thanked all their benefactors who in diverse ways have contributed in promoting activities of the council and assured of a robust and effective monitoring and control system that would ensure the items are managed in a transparent and accountable manner. He expressed his profound thanks and appreciation to the EU for the support.
A Civil Society Activist, Nancy Gbanmoi expressed their desire to complement government and partners effort in ensuring that development funds are utilized judiciously while thanking the donor and council for organizing the event.
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