Paramount Chiefs (PCs) in the northern districts of Kambia, Port Loko and Bombali have cautioned the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Internal Affairs on the recruitment of personnel for the conduct of the national civil registration exercise slated for December 2016 to February 2017.

Sierra Leone Paramount Chiefs

The Paramount Chiefs stated in a plain and clear terms that recruitment of personnel outside their chiefdoms will not be accepted noting that such will be resisted. Paramount Chief Alhaji Kandeh Paria Kawalleh II of Gbanti Kamaranka Chiefdom in the Bombali District in his statement told the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and team that any recruitment of personnel from Makeni to work in their chiefdoms will be resisted.

He cited the 2015 December Census which recruited personnel outside their chiefdoms who could not reach certain areas in the chiefdoms because they were not born nor lived in those areas before, he said despite promises made by stakeholders in the census project about the involvement of Paramount Chiefs in the recruitment process with the aim of recruiting people from the chiefdoms; those promises he furthered were ignored.

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PC Bai Yankay Kargbo of Libisunghun Chiefdom also lambasted the census recruitment which he referred to as poor by recruiting people from Makeni and Freetown, he said the only reason they as PCs did not asked the census personnel out of their chiefdoms was for government not to see them as undermining its programme but told the Deputy Minister and team that a repetition of such will not be tolerated with the civil registration exercise.

Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Rtd. Major Ismael Sengu Koroma told the northern people that he was in the districts to inform them about the civil registration project which is a baby project of the Government and His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma.

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He told the audience that he was in the district to inform them about the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) Act that has been enacted by the House of Parliament and to sensitise them about the national civil registration exercise.

The Deputy Minister encouraged the people to turn-out in numbers and register in the pending civil registration exercise.

Civil registration project he said, is aimed at harmonising civil registration presently done in a haphazard manner in the country, furthering that the registration will produce a comprehensive record called data that will be used by government institutions and other relevant nongovernmental institutions in and outside Sierra Leone for security related purposes.