April 8, 2019
By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
The National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA), last Friday, April 5th concluded a ten-day assessment training for the proper implementation of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) project.
Speaking during the concluding ceremony at Laka in Freetown, the Director General of NCRA, Mohamed Massaquoi, said a special thanks to the participants for spearing their time to make the training a success.
He said the training was very important to the civil registration and modern data collection of the nation and the that CRVS will help to addressing a lot of problems in the country.
Speaking in an interview with this medium, Grace Harman, Consultant for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Comprehensive Country Assessment, stated that the training was very necessary as it looked into many areas like legal and policy framework for the country’s CRVS, management and operations, budgeting and financing and other important areas.
She said a lot of institutions were involved in various aspects of civil registration, including birth registration, adoption, marriages, devoiced, adding that they also looked at the national identity card and how it could be improved.
She said they had specific trainings for all of the above mentioned areas, noting that they were also working with national stakeholders including ministries, civil societies ,United Nations agencies and other stakeholders.
The consultant said after the conclusion of the training ,there would be a 14-day field work that would start on Tuesday, April 9th,for all the participants,stating that they have been divided into teams-policy framework team, identity management team and others.
Lucian Momoh, Head of Outreach and Spokesperson for the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) said the training was essential for the country, adding that they were going to do their best to see that the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics succeeds in the country.
A mission from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, which is the secretariat for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Africa, on 27th of January, visited Sierra Leone, with the aim to helping the country achieve the CRVS project.
The objective of the mission was to undertake a compressive country assessment and the development of a national plan for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Sierra Leone.