The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Maya Moiwo KaiKai has on behalf of President Ernest Bai Koroma and People of the Republic of Sierra Leone, expressed thanks and appreciation to the Government and People of Japan for their unwavering commitment to building the Human Resource Capacity of his ministry through various forms of training. Presenting Certificates to some staff of his ministry who recently returned home after pursuing a three-week training programme on Local Governance in Japan at his Youyi Building Office in Freetown on Monday, 24th July, 2017, Mr. KaiKai described the programme as a manifestation of his ministry’s readiness to work with the Japanese and thanked them for their ongoing support to the country.
He congratulated the graduands on their achievements and entreated them to put in practice what they have learnt for the benefit of the country. The Minister admonished beneficiaries of such training programmes to always regard themselves as Ambassadors of the country and endeavour to return home after their studies so that others will benefit as well as ensure the relationship between the two countries continue. “Come up with project proposals and make sure you transfer your knowledge and skills to your colleagues so as to build their capacity”, he encouraged the recipients.
While calling for a minute silence in respect of a Senior officer in his ministry, late Mrs. Alice Kandeh who suddenly passed away while pursuing a course in China, Mr. KaiKai was pleased that all the trainees from Japan came back in good health.
A representative from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, JICA, Brima Mansaray described the presentation ceremony as unprecedented as far as JICA’S programmes in the ministry were concerned and thanked the minister and team for the initiative. He also expressed the need for the beneficiaries to put into practice their newly acquired knowledge to enhance the ministry work. The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Sidique Kapua who chaired the programme welcomed the graduands and thanked JICA for providing the opportunity for the ministry to capacitate its staff.
Giving the vote of thanks, a representative of the group, Phengo Gendemeh commended the Governments of Sierra Leone and Japan for providing them the opportunity to share knowledge on how Local Governance in the two countries are practiced and pledged their determination demonstrate what they have learnt for the benefit of the country.