Falaba District Council receives 1 million Euros grant for efficient service delivery to the citizens.
District Youth Centre, Mongo Bendugu, Mongo Chiefdom, 27th January 2022— The Falaba District Council has received a €1,050,000 (over 13 billion leones) grant from the European Union through the Government of Sierra Leone to support COVID-19 response, infrastructure, agriculture, and administration (tax and revenue) in Falaba District.
The grant is part of the 11th European Development Fund program to empower District Councils and respective Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to improve the environment for effective decentralization and local governance.
In his welcome address at the project’s launch, the Chairman of Falaba District Council, Ibrahim Sorie Sesay, said the grant would ensure the council tackle some of its challenges as a new district. He noted that the 30-month project would unleash both the socio-economic potential and participation opportunities for citizens in the District.
Mr. Sorie thanked and appreciated the Government of President Julius Maada Bio and the European Union for identifying and supporting Falaba District’s development priorities.
On his part, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Francis Kai-Kai, reiterated his call for the need for effective coordination, ownership, participation, and monitoring in development processes. Also adding that the stakeholders and leaders of Falaba District must embed those principles to implement this project.
He said the launch of the project was an important step towards achieving the development goals President Julius Maada Bio’s government set out in the Medium-Term National Development Plan (2019-2023), which was founded on a strong political commitment to deliver development results that would improve the welfare of Sierra Leoneans.
The Minister ended by calling on the people and authorities of Falaba District to support the 2021 Mid-Term Population and Housing Census (already in the mopping up phase) which would be helpful to the government, international agencies, and Falaba District Council to support local planning and economic development for Falaba District.
In his brief statement, Gerald Hatler, the Head of Cooperation, European Union, said that the funding supported effective decentralization and efficient service delivery to citizens, especially in remote areas.
He said that the project would contribute to economic growth and social cohesion for the benefit of Sierra Leone. He also acknowledged the President’s strategy and long-term vision in placing decentralization at the core of the government’s New Direction.
In his keynote address, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Amb Tamba Lamina, commended the government for the level of support they have given to local councils, stating that it was a manifestation of President Bio’s commitment to the decentralization process in the country.
He stated that the launch resulted from the strong advocacy to the EU to consider the two new districts of Karene and Falaba, adding that the government appreciates the EU for their support to these districts.
In July 2020, President Julius Maada Bio unveiled the five-year EU grant, targeting District Councils and respective Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Pujehun, Kenema, Bombali, and Kambia districts.
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