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NCRA conducts nationwide training for staff

September 20, 2019

The National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) has concluded a six days’ training and capacity building on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) system for its entire regional staff across the country.

The training workshop was held concurrently in the five Regions of the country for three hundred of its staff, a significant milestone in the Authority’s continuous capacity building in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics and ID Management.

Explaining the purpose of the workshop, the Training Manager, Mrs. Roselyn Massaquoi said, it is to help deepen the understanding of staff of NCRA on the general operational principles and guidelines of CRVS and ID management implementation in Sierra Leone. She added that the workshop is supported by the Government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Participants from the Northern Region were drawn from Falaba, Koinadugu, Tonkolili and Bombali Districts. The training workshop was conducted in the Makeni City Hall.

NCRA staff from the North-West Region districts of Karene, Kambia and Port Loko was offered training at the Red Cross Hall in Port Loko.

 In the Southern Region staff from Bo, Pujehun, Bonthe and Moyamba Districts received training.

Staffs from the Eastern Region districts of Kenema, Kailahun and Kono were trained by trainers from the Freetown Head office.

Western Area staffs were drawn from the NCRA Headquarters in Freetown, Western Rural and Urban. The training workshop was conducted in Waterloo.

Mrs. Massaquoi also disclosed that this is not the first time that staff of NCRA has benefited from capacity building training programmes with support from donor partners but most in the past have been centered on registration of births and deaths.

She maintained that the principles of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics are the continuous, compulsory, permanent and universal recording pertaining to the population, as provided for through decree or regulation in accordance with the legal requirements in each country. Such vital events she maintained include the registration of births, deaths, marriages, nullities, adoptions and divorces and therefore “this is the reason why staff of the Authority needs to get training on the recording of these vital events”.

Addressing participants in Bo, the Director-General of NCRA, Mohamed Mubashir Massaquoi, encouraged NCRA staff to be professionals in their work in order for NCRA to maintain the credibility that it has gained at both national and international levels.

“Now if you want to have job in government or anything you want to do with Government, it must be validated by NCRA. Let’s maintain the integrity and professionalism in the discharge of our duties. Sierra Leone is highly respected for its integrated CRVS Systems.”

Mr. Massaquoi expressed satisfaction for being present at the training because it was very important to him. He acknowledged the pivotal role that staff of the Authority has played in the production of two cardinal documents for CRVS and ID Management in the country.

“I am aware that you all contributed significantly to the just concluded and launch of the Comprehensive Country Assessment (CCA) Report in Sierra Leone which has led to the development of the National CRVS and Identity Management costed Strategic Plan.”

He added, “We should not have been talking about the success of those two documents without your individual and collective input, because you participated in administering the questionnaires, putting together the report, the responses, identifying the stakeholders who participated in CRVS and Identity Management in this country. You did your best for us to have a successful assessment.”

Mr. Aiah Lebbie Sosokoeneh, Director of Policy, Planning and Legal Affairs opined that CRVS is very important for planning purposes especially for government programmes, development partners, chiefdom administrators and district councils to help inform them in the design of their development plans.

He further stated that staff capacity needs to be enhanced at all times, as this will help them capture correct and accurate information that the Authority will rely on for vital statistics.

Mr. Sosokoeneh shared some examples of the importance of birth certificates, which he said “is the legal document to prove identity as a Sierra Leonean”. He emphasized that, “it is important for every Sierra Leonean to have birth certificates because it will prevent child marriage, child trafficking since the documents will have the names of the parents”.

Birth registration Mr. Sosokoeneh said, will also help in government development plans as it will inform the number of children enrolled in schools for example for a particular academic year.