19 February 2013

Sierra Leone: Youth Commissioner May Face Parliament

The representative of the youth on the National Youth Commission (NYC) board has written a letter of complaint to the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Youth and Sports requesting that the National Youth Commissioner, Anthony Koroma, be summoned before the committee to respond to some concerns that have been raised about the operations of the commission.

According to the letter dated February 13, 2013, Alphonso Manley stated that ever since he raised some concerns about the operations of the commission at a board meeting held in September 2012, the commissioner and the board chairman have marginalized him in all activities undertaken by the commission.

He stated in the letter that despite the mandate of the commissioner to always send minutes of meetings and action points seven days after any board meeting, Mr. Koroma has failed to comply and the commission's programmes and activities do not reflect the realities on the ground due to the lack of coordination on his part to bring other stakeholders on board.

"I also learnt that the commissioner and the board chairman secretly wrote a letter to President Ernest Bai Koroma castigating the youth representatives in the board and highlighting other issues. I have several text messages of threat sent to me by the commissioner using words of derogatory content," he alleged and also maintained that a greater percentage of the youth have bitter complaint with respect to the behaviour of Mr. Koroma in relation to the burning of the commission's office.

However, the NYC Commissioner could not be reached for his comment.

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