The Kailahun District Council and the Council of Paramount Chiefs last Thursday,1st November,2018 in Pendembu,Upper Bambara chiefdom finally signed a Memoradum of Understanding for joint revenue collection.
Speaking during a one day stakeholders meeting organized by Kailahun Inlusive District Committee in collaboration with District Council,the Chairman of Kailahun District Council,Sahr A K Lamin informed the gathering that if Council wants to collect much needed revenue effectively it should work together with both traditional leaders and community members.He said one of the problems that had crippled revenue mobilization in the district has to do with sour relationships that used to exist among traditional leaders(Paramount chiefs,Parliamentarians,Councilors and community members
‘This has to change,and all of us should work together” he noted.He used the opportunity to call on the Inclusive Committee with support from Fambul Tok and UNDP to help resolve pertinent issues in most of the chiefdoms
Hon.PC Cyril Foray Gondor heaped praises on Fambul Tok for its approach to resolving issues in a peaceful manner.He requested stakeholders to take the lead in development process.PC Gondor said revenue generation is very key to development and therefore all those concerned should work to ensure that they collect the much needed money
Chairman,Council of Paramount Chiefs,PC Mohamed Sheriff Coker Jajua on behalf on his colleagues requested for standing ovation for the Inclusive Committee for spear heading both peace and development process in the district
‘Today’s ceremony to sign the MOU started over two years ago.We want to thank Fambul Tok,Catalyst for Peace and UNDP for supporting us achieve what we are about to append our signatures to and hope this will be final stake for the beginning of sustainable development in our communities”PC Jajua re-emphasized
District Officer,Kailahun,William Ngegbai said revenue collection is the backbone of development and asked stakeholders to be part of the process
Executive Director,Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone,John Caulker said what started over two years ago has come to fruition.He appreciated the efforts of the Inclusive Committee for facilitation the process to its conclusion.He called on everyone to help resolve the conflict in Penguia and Kissi Tongi chiefdoms
Before the parties signed the MOU,they agreed to open joint account at the Segbwema Community Bank and also the First International Bank in Kailahun.