In complementing plans by the House of Sierra Leone Parliament to go digital and online, the World Bank country office in the country has donated a number of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) equipment and gadgets to three Committees in Parliament.
The World Bank’s ICT philanthropic move was announced in the Well of Parliament on Thursday 25th February 2016 by Hon. Hassan Sheriff (APC) Chairman Finance and Economic Development Committee in Parliament.
He noted that: “World Bank has provided three laptops and three desktop computers, three hard drives, one photocopier, one printer, one digital printer, three digital recorders and three ipads for the effective running of the Public Accounts, Transparency and Accountability and the Finance Committees of Parliament.”
He then presented a list of the documented items which he laid on the table of the chamber.
However, in undertones some MPs were concerned about seeing the donated items but the presiding Speaker Hon. CRM Bah said that it is the right of MPs to see it but that this they must do through the Clerk of Parliament.
The World Bank is Sierra Leone’s major donor partner and technically is the financier of the Fiber Optics which was recently rolled out by the APC government led by President Ernest Bai Koroma.
Apparently, the House of Sierra Leone is far behind in terms of technological advancement but Hon Ibrahim Sesay Clerk of Parliament said that this is the trend of modern Parliaments across the world.