By Samuel Ben Turay
Chairman of the Tonkolili District Council in northern Sierra Leone has confirmed that some district stakeholders are today meeting to discuss the award presented to the council by the All Works of Life (AWOL) Development Organization as ‘Local Council of the Year 2013’.
Stakeholders including councillors, section and town chiefs, teachers, youth leaders, health workers, civil society, women leaders and ward committee members will today converge at the district headquarter town of Magburaka to discuss and celebrate the award.
Council Chairman, Alusine Kamathor Sesay, told Concord Times that his council was humbled to receive the award as council of the year for 2013 out of the 13 local councils in the country. He said many reasons contributed to their winning the coveted award, including the enormous development activities taking place in the district, the council’s transparency practice, and the willingness of residents to pay their local tax, as well as their regular engagement with the authorities on development issues.
He said the rapid development taking place in the district is as a result of council’s forthrightness to better the lives of the people.
However, Chairman Sesay noted that the lack of understanding of the council’s role by residents had been one of their challenges, but was able to initiate short-term, mid-term and long-term measures to ensure the development of the district.
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“This award means success to me and the council as a whole,” he said.