Amidst the scourge of the Ebola effects in the country, authorities in the South/Eastern provinces have collectively expressed appreciation to NaCSA for what they described as a timely gesture demonstrated by the commission in helping to alleviate the socio-economic plight of the people in that part of the country. During the symbolic presentation and distribution of food items and sanitary materials to Ebola affected households in Bo, Kenema and Kailahun districts over the weekend, stakeholders in the districts including Paramount Chiefs, district and city council representatives, the Resident Ministers of the two regions, as well as the Anti corruption commission and the Civil Society were all present during the handing over ceremony. These stakeholders were particularly upbeat that apart from NaCSA’s numerous engagements in meeting the needs of especially deprived communities in the rural areas, the commission continues to maintain its social mandate of fighting Ebola.
In each of the various districts, four NaCSA community structures namely the Self Help Affinity Groups (SAGs) and Micro Enterprises Groups (MEGs) were provided with rice, vegetable oil, iodine salt, maggie cubes, soap, chlorine, and buckets etc as part of efforts to cushion the effects of Ebola while ensuring that the groups are fully functional during post Ebola. In Kailahun, NaCSA collaborated with the district council and NERC representatives in the district to identify qualified recipients of the materials. The entire process was overseen by the representatives of the Anti-corruption commission in a bid to ensure transparency and accountability on the part of the commission. The donation which is worth five hundred thousand Euros was provided by the German Government through the German Development Bank (kfw) as part of emergency assistance to the people of Sierra Leone. NaCSA Commissioner, Alie Badara Mansaray was also present in the Northern region taking part in a similar programme on behalf of NaCSA.
Presenting the items on behalf of government in the various districts, NaCSA Deputy Commissioner, Haja Isatu Kamara said as a development arm of the Government, it is part of the commission’s traditional mandate to work towards poverty alleviation. Haja Isatu Kamara added that the move is in response to the clarion call made by President Koroma in the fight against the Ebola virus disease in the country. She mentioned that since June last year NaCSA has been engaged in fighting Ebola through media and community sensitization campaigns, distribution of safeguard equipment and the operation of a Call Centre especially to strengthen awareness at community level. While encouraging the people to be courageous, Mrs Kamara assured the people that even though their livelihood may have been greatly affected, NaCSA will stand by them in rebuilding their lives even after Ebola. She expressed gratitude to the government and its development partners especially the World Bank, kfw and the UN family for their continued support towards the work of the commission.
While responding, Hon PC Lappia, Paramount Chief of Kawua chiefdom thanked NaCSA for its intervention. He stated that the donation is one of several gestures that NaCSA has provided to the people of Bo district over the years. Similar sentiments were also expressed by PC Kangbai Macavoray the third of Tinkoko chiefdom as well as other traditional leaders in Kenema and Kailahun districts.
The Chairman, Bo district Civil Society Organization, Anthony Blake stated that NaCSA’s continuous engagement will help inspire a positive mind set on the part of the people to work towards changing their lives for the better. Updating the people on the status of the Ebola, Lt. A. M. Jalloh said the Ebola infection rate in his area of responsibility has reduced drastically as a result of growing efforts demonstrated by institutions such as NaCSA. The Resident Minister South, Hon. Muctarr Conteh and Resident Minister East, Maya Kaikai also made graced the occasions respectively.