‘Bonthe Municipal Council is deprived’


…says Chief Administrator

June 17, 2015 By Victoria Saffa

Chief Administrator of the Bonthe Municipal Council, Emmanuel Vandi Dewoud, has informed members of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Local Government and Rural Development that the council receives the least amount of subvention from government.

He was speaking last Thursday, 11 June at the conference hall of the council in Mattru Jong while giving an update on council’s activities.

He said council is not delivering projects because of neglect by the central government.

He noted that Bonthe District remains underdeveloped with high proportion of its population living in poverty because of neglect of the district by the central government.

“There is limited number of people doing business on the island, which is why council cannot generate enough revenue from its own sources for development,” he said.

However, the Chief Administrator said corporate tax from Sierra Rutile Company accounts for 67% of revenue they generate.

He lamented that the council is without a vehicle, and that frequent transfer of staff from the council to other councils hampers their operations.

He identified the late transfer of funds from the central government to the Bonthe District Council and weak collaboration between the council and partners in the district as some of their challenges.

Chairman of the parliamentary committee, Hon. Abubakarr S.A.T. Koroma, said their visit was partly to investigate whether monies provided by government and donors to councils were being utilised efficiently and for their intended purposes.

He said they have noted their concerns and promised to relay them to the Local Government Ministry and the central government.