April 3, 2017 Koinadugu District
The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA), with support from the German Development Bank (KfW) has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with the Koinadugu district council and stakeholders of Kakoya in the Kasonko chiefdom, Sonkoya in the Sulima chiefdom, Igaia, Yataya and Birowa in the Wara Wara Yagalla chiefdoms, to ensure proper operation, maintenance, and management of two newly constructed grain stores and three water wells.
Giving an overview of the programme, the GPC Programme Manager for NaCSA, Salifu Mansaray outlined some major benefits Koinadugu district has realized from the GPC Programme since their intervention in the district.
Mr. Mansaray stated that the people of Koinadugu should be more appreciative of the intervention of the GPC Programme in Koinadugu, noting that they were one of three districts benefiting from the project including Kono and Kailahun.
Mr. Mansaray reiterated that they were using tax payer’s money from the people of Germany, thus calling on the district council and community stakeholders to use and handle the facilities with care.
Following the signing of the MOU, there will be an operational maintenance of facility training that would be carried out for the water wells and grain stores by the Consultant Expert Eco-GITEC.
Deputizing the Commissioner of NaCSA, Senior Director of Programmes, Alpha Sankoh, appealed to the beneficiary communities to put up with the obligations in the MOU, underscoring that the facilities should be used for their intended purpose.
The Senior Director maintained that NaCSA as an executing agency has done their part and will no longer be there after the handing over of the projects.
“The people of Koinadugu district should take ownership of these facilities,” he said.
Mr. Sankoh emphasized on the culture of maintenance aimed at developing their respective communities in the district, encouraging community members to work harder and closely with the NaCSA office in Kabala and the district council.
The Senior Director informed the gathering that the projects were supply community driven requested by the communities through their district council in Koinadugu, disclosing that NaCSA lauded the effort and support provided by the German Development Bank, through its labour-intensive approaches.
The Consultant, Monitoring and Evaluation Expert, Eco-GITEC, Dr. Pascal De Campo, reminded all parties to the agreement (NaCSA, Koinadugu District Council and the beneficiary Communities) that they have agreed to equitably and orderly access the facilities.
He said beneficiary communities should effectively operate and carefully handle the water wells and grain stores. The Consultant maintained that they should assure compliance with byelaws set locally and with technical standards outlined in the MOU.
Dr. De Campo appealed to beneficiaries of the facilities to ensure regular maintenance, timely repairs, and eventual replacement of parts of the grain store and water wells.
Statements by the representative of the Chairperson of Koinadugu District Council councilor, Romeo Bangura, the District Officer, Agina Mansaray; Chiefdom Speaker Wara Wara Yagalla chiefdom Pa Tortor Kargbo formed the highlights.