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OGI strengthens relationship with University of Sierra Leone

May 18, 2017 By Mohamed Massaquoi

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Khadija Sesay keeping OGI high

The Open Government Initiative (OGI),has collaborated with the University of Sierra Leone(USL)  to strengthen public accountability in that sector, especially, when it is highly claimed by many Sierra Leoneans that the standard of education is rapidly dwindling in the country.

As part of their mandate in bringing government to the people and the people to government, the OGI recently initiated a citizens engagement programme on social accountability, in which,  students from various universities across the country were engaged to monitor the 644 citizens toll free lines from all mobile networks in Sierra Leone, so that they could  collect data  on key governance issues as perception survey for the purpose of creating a well-informed citizenry on the responsibilities of service providers and enhance performance standards for efficient social services to the people of Sierra Leone.

The Director of OGI,  Madam Khadija Sesay, said her organisation served as an interlocutor and a bridge between civil society, media organizations and the government, to promote transparency and accountability, as well as build a coalition of trust between key sectors within government.

She said by engaging citizens through the years, her organization was able to lead vibrant and participatory national action plan formulation process that was civil society led, adding that they were aware of the fact that both policy makers and implementers were faced with challenges of insufficient funds to implement key policies of government especially, when citizens were concerned as to how government spent their money.

“In keeping within our mandate, we collaborated with the Centre for Policy Studies to train students from Fourah Bay College and the Institute of Public Administration, IPAM. After the training, a joint effort by both institutions decided to further our relationship. I am proud to say that our connection with the university will help us greatly in doing our work,” she said, adding that   OGI was grateful to all of those who in one way or the other made it happened.

Vice Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone, Professor Ekundayo J.D Thompson, said transparency and accountability were part of their daily activities, as the university is public institution that is opened to public scrutiny.

He added that a good number of Sierra Leoneans did not have time to visit the university and enquire about some of the challenges they were faced with, rather they criticize them even though there were a lot of developmental activities taking place within the confines of the various constituent colleges.

He thanked madam Sesay and her staff for partnering with the University of Sierra Leone, as it was one of the largest constituencies that could disseminate information at various levels of Society.

He said the Centre for Policy Studies is an important unit within the university sector, as they examine, analyse, and develop policy documents for government and other institutions.

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