26 February 2013

Sierra Leone: CBOs Slam High Registration Fee

Community-based organizations (CBOs) in the Moyamba District have expressed dissatisfaction over the sudden increment in the fee they pay as registration to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs.

Many who spoke to Concord Times stated that they were paying the sum of fifty thousand Leones (Le50, 000) a year ago but the said amount has been increased without being notified. According to the Deputy Coordinator of the Vision to Develop the Vulnerable, Hawa King, CBOs in the district cannot afford to pay more than Le50, 000 as registration fee. She told Concord Times that the increment by the Social Welfare Ministry is to discourage CBOs from registering with them.

Twelve out of 15 CBOs who attended a meeting at the UMC Primary School in Moyamba town vowed not to register with the ministry if they refused to reduce the fee.

When contacted for his reaction, Social Welfare Minister, Moijueh Kaikai, maintained that the ministry is currently revisiting the amount with a view to making it reasonable, especially for CBOs in the provinces.

"I inherited the said amount but I want to say the money was agreed upon by NGOs and CBOs in Freetown without consulting those in the provinces," he said.

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