Ministry Of Local Government Bags Award

 

By Max A. Konneh, Press Officer, MLGRD

In recognition of his Ministry’s outstanding contribution to the successful implementation of the Project for Capacity Development for Comprehensive District Development in the Northern Region, CDCDD, funded by the Japanese Government, Head of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Field Office in Sierra Leone, Mitsukuni SUGIMOTO, has presented an award to the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Anthony Brewah at his Youyi Building Office in Freetown.

Handing over the award which included a certificate signed by the President of JICA, Schiniki Kitaoka, clock and fan to the Minister, Mr. SUGIMOTO, thanked the Ministry for enhancing the socio-economic development of the two countries and giving them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the importance of social cohesion and stability in war affected communities. He disclosed that the gesture was the first to be made in Sierra Leone relating to the project.

“We are proud of your contribution to the development of the capacities of people engaged in rural development through training programmes not only in Sierra Leone but also in Japan, especially the work of the CDCDD Project Management team,” he said.

Giving a brief historical sketch of the project, Mr. SUGIMOTO said since the establishment of the project Field Office in Sierra Leone in 2005, they have implemented Technical Cooperation Projects as well as Grant in Aid Projects in the fields of Agriculture, Health, Education and Energy. The overall goal of the CDCDD Project which started in 2009, he added, is to enhance development of capacities of the Ministry of Local Government, District Councils in Port Loko and Kambia including Ward Committees. The project, he said, is also engaged in the implementation of community based programmes such as the rehabilitation of community infrastructures like water wells, schools, health centres and minor feeder roads among others.

Mr. SUGIMOTO noted that the CDCDD Project is expected to end in February 2019, although they are considering restarting the programme following an appeal by government to extend it to other regions.

To ensure a successful implementation of the project, he said Sierra Leone and Japan have jointly developed Rules and Regulations for the procurement of goods and services dubbed “The Local Councils Development Operational Guidelines.”

The Head of JICA Field Office however pointed out that the project was interrupted during the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) whilst it was being implemented in Kambia in May 2014, noting that the project however continued following the end of the deadly epidemic in November 2016 with a post–Ebola Programme.

He was pleased that the JICA and the Ministry of Local Government have built a very strong mutual relationship and trust and hoped it would continue so that others would benefit.

Receiving the award, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Anthony Brewah on behalf of his Ministry thanked the Government and People of Japan for their continued contribution to the socio-economic development of the country. He assured JICA of his Ministry’s unwavering determination and willingness to cooperate with them in promoting the development aspirations of both countries and looked forward to seeing the successful implementation of the project in other parts of the country.

Present at the ceremony were the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Philip Tetemah Tondoneh, JICA Project Advisor, Kochi OTSUKA and a cross section of Senior Management Staff of the Ministry.