December 19, 2017 By Dusuba Koroma
Newly appointed Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission, Mr. John Bosco Kuyateh last week commenced a familiarisation tour of all 19 local councils across the country.
The tour is geared towards familiarising with staff members and discussing ways of improving councils, says Kuyateh.
The chairman and his team last week visited six councils in Kono, Bombali, Tonkolili, Koinadugu, Port Loko and Kambia districts.
The commission was established in 2004 with the responsibility of providing regulatory, performance management and management functions to the system of decentralised government as provided for in section 38(1) of the Local Government Act of 2004.
Speaking, Chairman Kuyateh disclosed that he was not only visiting the councils to familiarise with his core staff members but also to discuss and identify issue germane to councils’ operation and their relationship with the commission.
Chief Administrator of Makeni City Council, William Alpha, applauded the chairman’s visit as a move in the right direction, noting that it was the first time in history that the commission’s chairperson was visiting councils, less than three months into his appointment.
“Since he took over we have seen major positive pointers which are a novelty in itself. We have not had a situation like this since 2004 when the Commission was established,’’ he said.
According to Alfred M. Samura, Chief Administrator of the Kambia District Council, the tour was an excellent move in spite of challenges that the commission has been grappling with in the past.