Sierra Leone government reviews decentralisation of governance and public services

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 October 2019:

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has this morning announced that, President Julius Maada Bio will today be launching his government’s review of the Local Government Act (LGA 2004) and the Decentralization Policy (2010).

The review will be conducted by the newly appointed minister of Local government – former High Commissioner to the UK, Mr Tamba Lamina.

The review will be launched this morning at the Miatta Conference Hall, Youyi Building Compound in Freetown, in response to the need for a bottom-up approach to economic development, greater local accountability, addressing poverty, and build local democracy. (Photo: Local Government minister – Tamba Lamina will conduct review).

The SLPP government has prioritised the decentralisation of public services and their delivery across the regions; and there are intense expectations for the government to deliver on their promise.

In other developments, President Julius Maada Bio will officially open the newly constructed Kingharman Maternity and Children Hospital at Kingharman Road in Freetown, on Thursday 17th October, 2019, at 10:00am.

Next week, the government will be holding a public hearing on the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority’s (EDSA) application for increased electricity charges.

A statement published this morning said: “In accordance with the provisions of Section 45 of the SLEWRC Act of 2011, the Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission invites stakeholders and the general public to review and comment on the proposed tariff submitted by the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) from Tuesday 15th to Wednesday 23rd October 2019 on the EWRC website, www.ewrc.gov.sl.”

The public hearing will take place next Thursday, 24th October 2019, at the National Stadium Hostel at 9.30am, where the Commission will give both EDSA and consumers the opportunity to be heard and their representations taken into account.

The commission says that the public hearing forms a crucial part of the approval process for any rates or tariff revision application made to the Commission, and will help inform the Commission’s decision to reject or approve the tariff review application.

It says that members of the public and stakeholders who wish to make an appearance at the hearing to present their views, should communicate their intention to the Commission by Wednesday 23rd October 2019.

The general public can also submit their comments in writing from today, Tuesday 15th to Wednesday 23rd October, 2019 at 16:30hrs to the following address:

The Head, Economic Regulations, Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission (SLEWRC), 55 Berwick Street, Freetown. Tel: Phone: +23278359299; Email: brimabah@ewrc.gov.sl_

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