Local Government Ministry bids farewell to EU project manager 

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By Jeneba A.Conteh

 Acting Minister of Local Government and Community Affairs and other stakeholders of the ministry had bid farewell to European Union Project Manager, Dr. Julius Muthali.

The farewell ceremony was held March 2nd at the Ministry’s conference room,Youyi Building  in Freetown.

The ministry, with funds from European Union, funded six districts councils including, Bombali District Council, Kenema District Council, Kambia District Council, Pujehun District Council, Falaba District Council, and Karena District Council through the support to civil society and local authorities for local development in Sierra Leone project.

Outgoing project manager,Dr. Julius Muthali, giving a brief background about the European Union funded project, said the project started in 2018  and that the design of the  project covered three main components, including institutional development, improving services delivery and revenue collection, generation and management.

He further stated that the EU facilitates the provision of a lot of facilities to the councils and that they conducted a cadastral assessment in all six district councils.

He said the aim of the project was to complement government efforts and that they were focused on agriculture, health and water supply and also sustainable goals that fit into the project.

He said on agriculture, the project supported mechanization and that they trained more than one thousand five hundred farmers in making boreholes and make water supply available. 

He further said that, eighty percent of the project has been done already and that he knows the project will be in safe hands and that he will surely be proud at the end point.

He thanked the ministry and chief administrators in all six districts for a wonderful work done and the media for supporting the credibility of the EU funded project.

Giving a farewell and a goodwill message, Chief Administrator of Bombali District Council, Vivian Sallay Sesay, thanked the European Union for the overwhelming support to the vision of the New Direction.

She noted that the project manager and his team had been very helpfull to the councils, a gesture he said they were very grateful for.

She assured him that they will not depart from the values, functions and discipline given to them, adding that they have made a lot of successes.

Acting Minister of Local Government and Community Affairs, Melrose Karminty, thanked the European Union for funding the entire project in all the six districts councils.

She said when those councils developed they will focus on the remaining districts council and that with the leadership of  Julius Muthali everything about the project wa well structured and credible and the ministry has enjoyed a lot of goodies from  him.

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