The twenty-four Ward Councilors in the Brikama Area Council (BAC) and members of the Multi-Disciplinary Facilitation Team (MDFT) have been oriented on the Council’s upcoming Ward Development Fund disbursement which targets priority development areas in communities in the West Coast Region.
Held at the Council’s ground on Tuesday, the target is in line with the Local Government decentralisation system that allows wards and communities to access funds from the council to implement their priority development projects.
Modou Jonga, Brikama Area Council’s Director of Administration, told the participants that their presence and participation in the orientation would help in the realisation of the development targets in the Region.
He called on the Councilors and MDFT members to be active players in the identification of priority development areas in close collaboration with the communities they serve.
Wandifa Drammeh, the Acting West Coast Region Community Development Officer said community development serves as the technical arm of area councils and municipalities. He said in early 2015, there were discussions and consultations between the BAC and his office for a joint collaboration in development.
This, he said led to an agreement to facilitate the planning and implementation of the Council’s proposal to support wards by creating special funds to be regarded as Ward Development Fund for financing ward priority projects.
He reminded participants that their participation in the orientation is intended to acquaint them with the Development Fund Implementation Manual and the schedule of activities planned to guide the process. “I hope that you will all give your utmost best by actively participating in the entire process,” he said.
Ebrima Sawaneh, Principal Community Development Officer at the Department of Community Development said the goals of the Development Fund Implementation Manual is to have a basket of fund that would support a vibrant, well managed and environment friendly resources for better quality lives. He said it also targets to ensure efficient and effective use of council resources. “Approximately 60% of the total investment of the fund would be committed to direct community development,” Sawaneh said.
Adama Bojang, BAC Development Officer said the fund manual is developed to guide the implementation of projects. “We are copying the Community Driven Development Project (CDDP) approach to implement projects.”
by Amadou Jallow