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Government of Sierra Leone Press Release
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Nov 25, 2013, 12:00
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Tel :( 232-79) 412875         Local Government Finance Department,

Fax: (232-22) 228472         Ministry of Finance and Economic

Email:                              Development,

                                      Ministerial Building, George Street

                                      Freetown, Sierra Leone

Government of Sierra Leone

PRESS RELEASE


THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (MOFED) ANNOUNCES FOR THE INFORMATION OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE DEPARTMENT (LGFD) AND THE PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REFORM UNIT (PFMRU), IN COLLABORATION WITH DEVOLVING MDAS UNDERTOOK A JOINT MONITORING OF LOCAL COUNCILS FOR THE YEAR 2013 BUDGET EXECUTION.


THE TEAMS WERE REQUIRED TO ASSESS LOCAL COUNCILS FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET EXECUTION FOR COMPLIANCE WITH FINANCIAL STATUTORY REGULATIONS FOR THE USE OF GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE (GOSL), DECENTRALISED SERVICE DELIVERY PROGRAM (DSDP) AND REPRODUCTIVE CHILD HEALTH PROJECT (RCHP) FUNDS AND ALSO ASSESS THE QUALITY OF SERVICES DELIVERED IN THEIR RESPECTIVE LOCALITIES.

 

FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE JOINT MONITORING AND MENTORING EXERCISE REVEALED THAT MOST OF THE LOCAL COUNCILS HAVE NOT COMPLIED FULLY WITH THE RULES AND REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES IN THE USE OF THESE FUNDS.

 

CONSEQUENTLY, COUNCILS WERE REQUESTED TO SUBMIT EVIDENCE THAT THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MONITORING REPORT HAVE BEEN FULLY ADDRESSED BEFORE THEY COULD ACCESS FUNDS ALREADY TRANSFERRED FOR THE THIRD AND FOURTH QUARTER OF FY2013.

 

AS AT THE TIME OF THIS PRESS RELEASE, ONLY PORT LOKO DISTRICT COUNCIL; BONTHE DISTRICT COUNCIL; KAILAHUN DISTRICT COUNCIL; KOIDU NEW SEMBEHUN CITY COUNCIL; KENEMA DISTRICT COUNCIL; AND BO DISTRICT COUNCIL HAVE SUBMITTED EVIDENCES THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MONITORING TEAMS HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED AND HENCE, ARE ALLOWED TO COMMENCE UTILIZATION OF THE FUNDS TRANSFERRED.

 

LOCAL COUNCILS THAT HAVE STILL NOT RESPONDED TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MONITORING MISSION ARE DENYING THEIR COMMUNITIES  OF THE MUCH NEEDED FUNDS FOR SERVICE DELIVERY AND ARE THEREFORE URGED TO RESPOND ACCORDINGLY.

SIGNED

DENNIS K. VANDI

(FOR FINANCIAL SECRETARY)

19TH NOVEMBER, 2013


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