November 17, 2017 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara
Coordinator for Budget Advocacy Network (BAN), Abubakarr Kamara, has expressed disappointment that some ministries, department and agencies (MDAs) have failed to comply with the implementation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plans.
BAN is a network of Civil Society Organisations in Sierra Leone committed to working on budgetary policies to enhance policy implementation aimed at sustainable and equitable development.
Mr. Kamara was yesterday speaking to journalists during the lunch of OGP National Action Plans implementation status score card for June 2016-July 2017.
In June last year, the country developed its second National Action Plan which implementation runs from July 2016 to June 2018, with ten commitments and 53 milestones.
With support from Action Aid, BAN monitored the implementation of the first year plan in a bid to increase compliance.
The Co-ordinator said BAN has been monitoring implementation process of the OGP and was dismayed that most MDAs have not complied with the process.
He revealed that only seventeen out of the fifty-three milestones have been completed, while twenty-one are still outstanding with another five partially completed.
He urged the defaulting government agencies to pay attention to the implementation of the National Action Plans, especially commitments 4 & 5 which deal with fiscal transparency and open budget and the Auditor General’s Report.
Mohamed Sillah from Action Aid-Sierra Leone said the implementation of the commitments require no resources for success but leadership and political will.
“We are calling on the Ministry of Finance, Works and Infrastructure, Health and Sanitation, Agriculture, Education and Tax and Revenue Department, to show commitment to the OGP,” he urged.
Meanwhile, no milestones have been completed on Fiscal Transparency and Open Budget, Access to Justice and Auditor General’s Report among others.