By Samuel Ben Turay from Magburaka
Chairman of the Tonkolili District Council in the north of the country has disclosed to Concord Times that the district has about 1,360 teachers that are currently without Pin Codes. This was discovered during a recent survey conducted by the Tonkolili District Education Office in collaboration with the council, he said.
Mr. Sesay said out of the 3,707 teachers in the district, only 2,347 have Pin Codes, while 1,360 are without. He said the development is alarming and that education, which is a very important tool for national development, could be at stake in the district if the situation is not addressed.
According to the 2004 census, the Tonkolili district population stands at three hundred and forty-seven thousand, one hundred and ninety-seven (347,197). The district chairman said the council was created as a result of the Local Government Act, 2004.
“It exists as a development-oriented institution closer to the people to facilitate the process of state management through the decentralization of state functions,” said Mr. Sesay. “The council has a responsibility to deliver quality service to its people and promote overall development in the district. In achieving this objective, resources have to be mobilized and a good planning system introduced and effectively coordinated and monitored.”
Chairman Sesay was speaking on Saturday February 15 during a stakeholders’ meeting held in the township of Magburaka.
“We are on the move now and I am sure before this year ends, my people will benefit from many facilities. The council has lots of projects to implement this year,” he said.
Stakeholders, including councillors, section and town chiefs, teachers, youth leaders, health workers, civil society members, women leaders and ward committee members, were in attendance.
It could be recalled that the Tonkolili council was awarded by the All Works of Life (AWOL) Development Organization as ‘Local Council of the Year 2013’, and Sesay believes they were awarded because of the good work council does. “We want to continue with what we have been doing,” he said.