‘FAMBUL TOK’ Launches New Community Initiative

                         

By Ayodele Deen Cole

Paramount Chief, Alfred Saidu Ndomawa Banya together with Chiefdom stakeholders have welcomed the inception of the People’s Planning Process (PPP) in Kongboya Chiefdom, Moyamba District.

Speaking at the event which was held at the Chiefdom Headquarters of Bauya on Saturday August 11, 2018,
PC Banya said, ‘I am happy that my chiefdom will be benefiting from the PPP. The aim of Fambul Tok is to bring peace and development to communities divided by conflicts. We need them now. Our chiefdom still practices sorcery and illegal Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) that causes conflicts and other problems.”

He went on to urge the people to desist from such practices as according to him, together they have endorsed the PPP and hope the process will start soon.

PC Banya also selected the sequence in which the 10 communities including Gibina, Senehun, Tongea, Mokorewa, Mowoto, Mobonor, Taninihun Mboka, Gondama and Mongere will set up their structures.  Fambul Tok’s Head of Peace Mothers, Lilian Morsay explained that the entire process is anchored on the experiences of the war, the Ebola outbreak and the values of Fambul Tok; and the need to seal the cracks in communities and prevent wastage of resources and efforts by NGOs and government agencies alike. “We listen and learn from the communities and find solutions based on good cultural practices,” she said, adding that politics has divided people and communities, especially during the past elections. “So, we need to work to create national cohesion to foster development,’ she said. Moyamba District Council Deputy Chairman, Alfred Banya also welcomed the PPP and called for national cohesion and inclusiveness.

On his part, Councilor Banya said the mistakes of the past must not be repeated. “Everybody should be on board,” he said whilst informing Section Chiefs that between September and October the Council will embark on consultations for the preparation of annual budget.

According to the National Communications Officer for Fambul Tok, Solomon Yarjoh, NGOs and other agencies often embark on development activities without consultations and the involvement of communities. The PPP, he said, will be an initiative of the people based on their felt needs and priorities. “This is what NGOs, development partners and councils will use as blueprint to support the Chiefdom. “The communities will set up Community Welfare Mediation Committees (CWMC) that will be tasked with preventing and resolving conflicts in the communities,” he said. The launching of the PPP, he said, will be followed by community preparedness meetings, training of CWMC members and identification of needs by communities and development of the Chiefdom plan which will be handed over to District Council and other developmental partners.