Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: Council Chairman Engages Stakeholders

Chairman of the Tonkolili District Council in the northern part of the country has engaged stakeholders on transparency and development.

Speaking to various stakeholders including councillors, section and town chiefs, teachers, youth leaders, women's leaders and ward committee members on Wednesday at a one-day meeting held at the district headquarter town of Magburaka, Alusine Kamathor Sesay said the aim of the meeting was to sensitize these stakeholders to be transparent when executing their various duties "as transparency is a factor of development". The chairman said he suspected that a lot of monies go to the district for development from various organizations, groups, companies and the government and that if used for their intended purposes,"I am sure we'll be able to develop this district".

"I'm assuring you that we are going to put into proper use all what council is collecting as revenue," promised Sesay. According to him, the development of Tonkolili District is not a responsibility of the council alone but needs the collective effort of everybody. "Council alone cannot achieve its goals without your collaboration," he said.

One of the councillors, Alfred Ben Turay, said if every stakeholder takes the message of the chairman well, it will help in the development of the district.

One of the section chiefs, Alimamy Abu Kamara of Kholifa Chiefdom, agreed that some time they as chiefsfail to do the right thing. "I have learnt a lot today from this discussion," confessed Chief Kamara.

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