*NaCSA House, 14-16 Charlotte Street, Freetown,15th August, 2023* - The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) has started coordinating meetings with the project's implementing partners in order to guarantee the successful and efficient implementation of the PSSNYE project.
In addition to introducing new initiatives to address youth employment in urban and rural areas, the PSNYE project builds on the achievements of the Social Safety Nets (SSN) Project, which established the fundamental components of a basic national safety net system in Sierra Leone. With the goal of "improving access to social safety nets and income generating opportunities for targeted beneficiaries," the initiative is supported by the Government of Sierra Leone, the World Bank, and UNICEF.
Speaking to representatives from NaCSA, the Ministry of Youth, National Youth Commission, Anti-Corruption Commission, Freetown City Council, and Statistics-Sierra Leone, NaCSA’s Senior Director for the National Social Protection Secretariat, Idris Turay reiterated that the dynamic nature of the PSSNYE project. *‘’ The project has brought together many government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) with assignment components. Each of these components has been deliberately aligned with the national development agenda which is geared towards reducing poverty.’’* He ended. In a similar tone, Dr Abu Kargbo from the World Bank reassured NaCSA of their unrivalled and continued technical support.
Sir Jimmy Batilo Songa, the Deputy Commissioner of NaCSA expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to the SSN team whose undisputable commitment contributed greatly to a successor project. *‘’ We have ended the SSN project on a good footing and the PSSNYE project is one of the indicators that we did a good job. A lot of lessons have been learned and we are hopeful for a successful implementation of the PSSNYE.’’*
In his presentation, the Commissioner of NaCSA, Ambassador Ernest Mbaimba Ndomahina expressed optimism for a multi-sectoral collaboration. He further appreciated the team and the former Commissioner for the collective work in implementing the SSN project. *‘’ I must start by thanking you for your collective efforts during the implementation of the previous one and for your readiness to commence the new project. I am here to clean off all bottlenecks or potential that might delay implementation. Work must be done irrespective of the timing or distance; I am readily available.’’* He assured.
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