Lrr — The Association of Non-governmental Organisations (Tango), in partnership with Concern Universal, over the weekend held a day's sensitisation forum for members of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Lower River Region on the amended 2002 Local Government Act. The forum, which brought together over 50 participants, was held at the Regional Education office's conference hall in Mansakonko.
Speaking at the occasion, Kebba K Barrow, the programme officer for networking at Tango, stated that the objective of the forum was to improve the advocacy capacity of civil society organisations, government departments and private sector, with a view to enable partners and stakeholders engage themselves and the government on key policy analysis.
The forum, he added, would also enable communities, partners and stakeholders have a better understanding of the various policy documents, as it is meant to allow NGOs and government agencies to discuss issues surrounding local governance in order to enhance national development particularly in the rural areas. Barrow thanked the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and Concern Universal for the partnership.
The UNDEF project coordinator for Concern Universal, Burang Danjo also revealed that the forum is part of a two-year project funded by the UNDEF and jointly implemented by Tango and Concern Universal. The Local Government Act, he said, is very important and that everybody including stakeholders has to know the context and content envisaged in the document. Danjo called on the participants to take the training seriously by participating fully so as to enable them understand the document better and share the knowledge gained from the training.
Speaking on behalf of the governor of the region, Foday Camara, the chairman of the Mansakonko Area Council, expressed appreciation to Concern Universal and Tango for organising such a forum in their region. He assured the organisers of their effective participation and promised to disseminate the information to various work places. Camara thanked the TAC members for their dedication while urging them to keep up the momentum.