National Commission for Democracy (NCD) has on Wednesday 1st March 2017, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Statistics Sierra Leone (SSL) at the Ministry of Information and Communication’s Conference Room, Youyi Building in Freetown.
In his welcome address and declaration of purpose, the Northern Regional Commissioner of the NCD and Focal person for Performance Management, Bai John Conteh maintained the vogue in public management in governance currently is been built on sectorial arrangement. “Only look at the approach rolled out by the Performance Management Service Delivery Directorate at the Office of the President at State House and you will confirm the relevance of our gathering here and the event thereof,” he noted. He added that for them at the NCD, they are purposeful and strategic in selecting their potential partners and that they have found a valid partner in Statistics Sierra Leone to coalesce their efforts in the promotion of their respective mandates in meeting the requirements of the modern state.
Delivering his statement on behalf of Statistics Sierra Leone, Statistician General, Mohamed King Koroma said the partnership between the two institutions have long overdue, and therefore welcome it whole heartedly. He described the role of Statistics Sierra Leone as to collect quality data and reporting on it. He continued that they have done that over the year and they still maintain in doing it. Mr. Koroma noted that in SSL, they do surveys and conduct Population and Housing Census and most recently the 2015 population and Housing Census that is widely accepted at both local and international levels.
Mohamed King Koroma revealed that SSL always believes in working in partnership with strategic key stakeholder institutions as they have established such ties with Civil Society Organizations, Members of the Forth Estate, Non-Governmental Organizations to name but few, and it has been and still successful. He called on all other institutions who are involved in data collection to partner with Statistics Sierra Leone (SSL) for the acceptance of their result. “If you as an institution failed to notify SSL in carrying your survey, your result will not be accepted,” he ended.
Chairman NCD, Dr. Abu Bakarr Hassan Kargbo said that he is overwhelmed that the signing has finally become a reality as the signing formed a crucial part in the efforts to creating the enabling environment that will set the pace in governance research from the perspective of scientific analysis. He added that Sierra Leone is currently facing with a serious challenge that is characterized by our people relying on hearsay to form views and opinion on issues that have serious implications for good governance and the fact also the people of Sierra Leone are not rooted in good governance principles.
He went further that the signing is apt and is also against the backdrop that the National Commission for Democracy has embarked on qualitative research in the form of a survey to assess the state of Democracy in Sierra Leone. He added that the MOU is an endeavor that is in line with key aspects of the Commission’s mandate on assessing the information of government.
He further that the limitations to the achievement of true democracy arising from existing inequality between different strata of the population.
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