As Deputy Minister Insists… Big Shakeup Awaits Local Gov’t Ministry

 

Presenting a seventeen billion Leones budget at the ongoing 2019 Budget hearing at the Bank of Sierra Leone Complex at Kingtom, Freetown, the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Philip Tetema Tondone disclosed that there are several lapses in the Ministry and therefore calls for an overhauling of it to enable it operate efficiently.

According to the Deputy Minister, they inherited a very difficult system as the Ministry was politicized with workers in senior positions without the requisite qualifications and experience; the acute lack of vehicles, inadequately trained and qualified officials, Provincial and District Offices not equipped as according to him, the Provincial Secretaries Offices use commercial motorbikes to carry out it  official duties.

The Deputy Minister continued that the Ministry, in collaboration with the new Local Service Commission, would be embarking on staff audit with the view to clean the system and afterwards advertise various positions for qualified Sierra Leoneans to apply.

He also described the 2004 Local Government Act as obsolete emphasizing that it needs to be repealed to match up with present day situations.