Minister of Planning Launches Inaugural DDCC Meeting in Pujehun
Council Hall, Pujehun District, 17th December 2020
Council Hall, Pujehun District, 17th December 2020— The Minister of Planning and Economic Development (MoPED), Dr. Francis Kai-Kai has, today, launched the inaugural meeting of the District Development Coordination Committee (DDCC) in Pujehun District.
The setting up/reactivation/strengthening of the DDCC meetings are geared towards addressing the development issues, help shape the delivery process in the districts and act as a coordinating platform for development communication that enhances service delivery, with pilot phases in Pujehun, Bonthe, Karene and Falaba Districts commencing for an initial period of four (4) months.
The Chairman, Pujehun District Council, Sheik Swaibu Sowa, in his statement, commended the Ministry for reactivating the DDCC’s, which had been quite dormant for some time now. He said the Committees would revitalize the essence of development in the districts, where they should actually be anchored.
Mr. Sowa registered the Council’s stance in leading the process at district level; urging the district stakeholders to fully participate in the process in order to achieve the required results.
The Minister, in his address, recognized the role played by every stakeholder, especially the Paramount Chiefs, who are respected figures in their localities. He said the essence of the DDCC was to support implementation of the Medium Term National Development Plan (MTNDP 2019-2023) with a call to strengthen development coordination frameworks across all sixteen (16) districts.
“The DDCC Meetings should be represented by every stakeholder in the district, so that people would ask questions and know what is happening in their localities and where. If President Bio’s vision is going to be translated to the ground, we need to organize ourselves at district level, it is not enough to sit in Freetown and plan for any district in Sierra Leone. So therefore we have to ensure we bring this process down to the district and allow the people to be involved in their own district planning processes”, said Dr. Kai-Kai.
The Minister said the President Bio-led Government had committed to supporting the DDCC structures in the 2021 fiscal year budget, which would be mainstreamed in government business processes, thereby strengthening the development landscape and promoting transparency and accountability in service delivery.
He expressed appreciation to all partners, especially UNICEF for supporting the pilot phase in the four (4) districts with the roll-out in other districts commencing in 2021. The Minister would be in Mattru Jong, next to launch the Bonthe District chapter. Also, similar events are ongoing in Karene and Falaba officiated by the Deputy Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Robert Chakanda.