SABI a new UKAid funded programme seeking to strengthen community –led accountability in every district of Sierra Leone and improving on the delivery of basic services including health, education, social protection, water and energy was officially launched yesterday 14th March 2017 at the British Council Hall at Tower hill in Freetown. The programme is to support the government in the ongoing Presidential Recovery Priority in the country.
Delivering the keynote address of the ceremony, Madam Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr , from the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President whilst launching the SABI project said that the project will go a long way in assisting government and other development partners in the ongoing post Ebola Recovery Praorammes especially in addressing the challenges of people residing in various communities in the country. She added that the SABI project will also aim at capturing the voices of people which will help greatly in key decision making in the country, as the project will create a system that will generate community engagement through consultation to reveals the issues that are affecting people in the country. She went on that people should cooperate in the consultation process of the project as it is only through that way that both the development partners and the Government of Sierra Leone will know their problems and find ways and means to address them.
The team leader of the SABI project in Sierra Leone, Amanda Bangura giving a brief introduction of the project said that the SABI project is a national programme that aims to support citizens and state service providers to work together to identify challenges and bring about improvement s in service delivery. She went on that they believe that by placing citizens at the center of development will help greatly in bring out change and lasting developments in the country. “We believe SABI will contribute toward lasting improvement in service delivery for all Sierra Leoneans including women ,men ,young people and people with disabilities and help to strengthen the implementation of the Local Government Act,2014,” Madam Amanda Bangura disclosed.
Making her own statement, the country manager of Christian Aid, Jeanne Kamara said that the launching of the SABI program in Sierra Leone is a continuing discourse around the growth of accountability and good governance work in Sierra Leone. She continued that the chimes of the project are exactly what the Christian Aid Sierra Leone is working on. She assured that they will support the SABI propramme with enthusiasm so that to make sure that the citizens of this country benefit greatly.
Chris Gabelle, the Deputy head of DIFID in Sierra Leone expressed grave concern to be part of the launching ceremony and he said that the programme will help to hold people accountable. He went on that the SABI programme will also people to be at the front of state affairs and the Ebola response demonstrated the need for community engagement to solve problem.
He added that the UK is delighted to commit funds into the SABI project and the UK is looking forward to see the increase of awareness in citizens of the country as everyone matters in the decisions making process of the country.
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