NOVEMBER 27, 2014 By Samuel J. Kargbo
Members of the fourth parliamentary sub-appropriation committee yesterday hosted officials of the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) as part of a parliamentary probe into how public institutions expended their 2014 budgetary allocations, and how they intend to spend their 2015 allocations.
Chairman of the committee, Hon. Amadu Kanu, said that although the commission is doing its best, most of their projects are ‘white elephant’ as many are left unfinished. The ruling party lawmaker blamed that on NaCSA contractors who, according to him, are not resident in project areas.
He noted that the commission was using significant amount of money to construct public toilets which become derelict within few years because contractors are not using the right materials for construction.
Hon. Jariatu Smith, a ruling party MP representing a constituency in Freetown, said she is concerned that the commission has too many projects in the provinces, noting that Freetown is part of the country and that the lack of public toilets in the Western Area is a shame to the nation.
She pleaded with the commission to involve youth in their projects, as unemployment rate in the country is very high, while government cannot create jobs for everyone.
Deputy Commissioner of NaCSA, Madam Haja Isatu Kamara, admitted the existence of white-elephant projects, which she blamed on their abandonment by contractors.
She assured the committee that works on unfinished projects would be completed, albeit without stating a definite timeline. She added that NaCSA will soon finish the ‘cash for work’ project and introduce a new project.