Updated: Aug 19
Sierra Leone's Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, whilst addressing elected councilors at their oath taking organized on Thursday 17th August 2023, has said that councilors during the second term of President Bio, will be key executors of the programs of the big five agenda.
VP Jalloh stated that the council in the Western Urban comprises thirteen female Councilors, whilst the rural district has twelve female councilors, placing the number of female representatives above 30%, a fulfillment of GEWE and President Bio’s commitment to gender empowerment drive.
He expressed the hope that this crop of councilors will differ from previous ones who were mostly engaged in “gbos gbos”, preventing further achievements in the council.
He assured the newly elected councilors of Freetown City and Waterloo District Councils that the government intends to improve their working conditions and increase the allocation of resources to the councils to ensure optimal productivity. He also urged the councilors to be accountable and transparent in their work, and to work together to improve revenue collection and service delivery.
He highlighted the achievements of President Bio's first-term government, including in the areas of education, health, agriculture, electricity, roads, and infrastructure. He concluded with commendations of the decision of the government to incorporate tribal leadership representatives into council bodies.
With increased allocations and incorporations of councils in the drafting implementation of government programs from Ministry of Planning to Health, Lands, Finance and more, VP Jalloh stated that the success of President Bio's five agenda is exponential.
The Minister of Local Government, Amb. Tamba Lamina, noted that service delivery is crucial for the councils. He explained that the revised Local Government Act and the Decentralization Policy makes provision for 20% representation of tribal and village heads in the Western Area to now sit in councils, working together to ensure development in their respective councils.
After these statements, twenty nine councilors (eighteen within the Western Urban and eleven fron the Western Rural), were sworn in.