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Lower Banta endorses development process

April 25, 2017 

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The people of Lower Banta chiefdom in Moyamba district last Friday, April 21, 2017, unanimously agreed to work together with their own source revenue for the development of their various communities.

The declaration was made during a one day inclusive chiefdom dialogue on the People’s Planning Process (PPP) held at Mosenesie, where chiefdom authorities and community members in all nine sections converged to discuss pertinent issues affecting them and how they could find solutions to their numerous challenges in the post Ebola recovery phase. The dialogue forum was organised by Fambul Tok and Catalyst for Peace with support from UNDP and New Deal.

In his remarks, Chairman of the occasion, Chief Abdul Gbagla, lamented over the post war development activities, adding that communities in Lower Banta did not realise anything.

 He said most of post war activities were centralised and that community members were never involved in the preparation and implementation of projects. He called on communities not to allow any organisation to misuse them this time round

Chief Gbagla stressed that Fambul Tok is the first organization to involve communities and create a platform to dialogue and bring out issues affecting them, thus calling on everyone to embrace the people’s planning process.

Section Chief of Mokotawa, Abu Hugbateh, extolled Fambul Tok and its partners for the fact that it was the very first time for community members to meet in such forum to discuss issues.

“If we had such organizations immediately after the war, communities would have developed but communities were not involved in post war development activities were never asked as to what they wanted” Chief Hugbateh emphasized.

Speaking on behalf of women in the chiefdom, Madam Mariama Gbanabom said women and children suffered during the Ebola period. She expressed happiness for involving women in the inclusive dialogue forum as according to her it has never happened before.

Other speakers expressed dissatisfaction in the way and manner in which Ebola survivors are treated.

After several hours of discussions, community members endorsed the people’s planning process.

The Fambul Tok led People’s Planning Process is design to ensure that policy makers, project implementing organizations and other community based initiatives listen to communities and  involve them in the development process.

The idea was developed to respond to the post Ebola prevention, healing and development in communities as the post war development process in one way or the other did not benefit communities. It involves various steps such as identification of communities, several  visitations, chiefdom meetings, community preparedness meetings, trainings of mediators, follow up on structures, rotational meetings, validation of chiefdom people’s plan and a two-day dialogue conference in each of the districts to launch chiefdom report.

The pilot phase kicked off last year in the Kissi Teng chiefdom,Kailahun district, where the index case was identified in Sierra Leone. At present, the process has spread over to Nieni and Kasunko and very soon in Mongo chiefdom in Koinadugu district, Fakunya and Dasse and recently Lower Banta in Moyamba district and Kissi Teng,Peje Yawei  and Upper Bambarain Kailahun district.

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