The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) has validated the findings of the just concluded midyear stock take exercise. The one day presentation meeting which took place at the NaCSA conference room in Freetown brought together a host of participants from Parliament, State House and other relevant Government institutions.
NaCSA presents midyear stock take review to Stakeholders
The objective was to ascertain the overall status of the commission’s strength and weaknesses in the implementation of its respective programs and projects across the country.
During the presentation of the report which is the outcome of the ten day midyear stock take exercise; the leaders of the four teams who were constituted for the nationwide conduct of the mission highlighted the numerous achievements scored by the Commission during the year under review. Among other things, the report particularly mentioned the exemplary contributions and performance of the Self Help Affinity Groups (SAGs), Micro Enterprise Groups (MEGs) which has helped to empower especially the rural women in micro enterprise development and poverty reduction as part of advancing the Agenda For Prosperity. It also highlighted the provision of unconditional cash transfers to extremely poor households and vulnerable communities as well as the construction of infrastructure such as health facilities, schools, water wells, grain stores, spot improvement on feeder roads and bridges in remote areas to improve movement of goods, services and accessibility to markets.
The report however indicated some of the constraints, challenges and lapses faced by field staff during project implementations including lack of adequate logistics, inadequate staff capacity and the issue of effective records management of project completion documents. It was also reported that some of the field offices were in bad shape and therefore needed drastic improvement to match up with the growing trend of handling the multiple programme implementation requirements.
Poor road network came out as an increasingly difficult challenge faced by field staff in reaching hard to reach terrains where NaCSA activities are being conducted. The findings suggested that this is a key factor that is responsible for delays in the timely completion of project implementations within the stipulated time frame. Meanwhile, NaCSA Chairman Board of Directors, Hon. Legacy Sankoh, on behalf of the Board, noted that with the completion of the stock take exercise, the commission is now better positioned to improve on its general service delivery, taking into consideration its increasingly high volume of work, staff capacity and strength, available facilities, challenges and possible weaknesses as identified in the report.
Other team members including members of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on NaCSA, members of the Strategic Performance and Management Unit at State House also lauded the outcome of the stock take mission, describing NaCSA’s countrywide engagements as laudable and satisfactory. The participants stated that they were highly impressed with the level of collaboration with other partners and stakeholders including the local councils, MDAs and other local authorities in the implementation of the various NaCSA programme activities especially at field level. The commissioner of NaCSA, Alie Badara Mansaray, expressed his delight in the role played by partners during the stock take exercise. He particularly noted that the involvement other stakeholders in the exercise as a deliberate move by NaCSA Management to ensure transparency and accountability in its service delivery. He disclosed that similar teams will be constitutes periodically to look at possible lapses and flaws in a bid to improve performance.