NCD and Statistics Sierra Leone to validate State of Democracy Report

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At a meeting held in the Office of the Statistician General (SG) of Statistics Sierra Leone (Stat SL), Prof. Malam O. Sankoh, on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, where a cross section of the Management of the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) including its Chairman, Dr. Abubakar H. Kargbo, was hosted, the two institutions have resolved to validate the report of the State of Democracy in Sierra Leone Survey.

It could be recalled that in 2017 after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), NCD and Stat SL undertook a nationwide survey with a view to ascertaining the state of the nation’s democracy from the perspective of national institutions in the production of genuine data generated from three thousand households across the Country.

Welcoming the NCD team to his office, the SG remarked that he has been on seat for the last nine months with a focus on putting in place a National Statistical System in line with a National Task Force that is tasked with the responsibility of generating, reviewing and reporting on valid local (national) data that can stand the test of time. He further remarked that he would bring together state institutions to enhance statistical data in the length and breadth of the Countrywith a view to emphasizing the importance of statistical data. He also noted that under his watch Stat SL would take the lead in data collection through an effective accreditation process with a view to establishing the right kind of synergy with the important function of validating data collected even by other institutions including MDAs, NGOs, learning institutions etc. Furthermore, he intimated the meeting about the construction of fully equipped Stat SL offices in every district of the Country to meet the statistical needs of the Country. He expressed appreciation for the move of NCD to partner with Stat SL in producing data of national significance through the State of Democracy Survey.

The Chairman of NCD was also positive in his submission on the validation of the report already put together from the joint survey funded by the Government of Sierra Leone. He emphasized the need for the document to be validated with the support of Stat SL as a formidable partner in the entire process even as he looks forward to strengthening the partnership for continued collaboration.

Several other speakers at the meeting including the Northern Region Commissioner of NCD, Bai J. Conteh and the Research and Monitoring Manager of NCD, Idris Din-Gabisi, commented on the importance of the collaborative engagement with Stat SL. They both anchored the research and the report produced on the mandate of the Commission in line with “assess(ing) for the information of Government, the limitations to the achievement of true democracy arising from existing inequalities between different strata of the population and make recommendations for redressing those inequalities”. It was reported that NCD would be doing such surveys every two years with the next due in 2019.

The meeting then resolved that the report should be shared with the Leadership of Stat SL for review with a view to working on the details for the validation of the report. In the coming weeks, the two institutions are to work fervently to present to the nation reliable statistics on the State of Democracy in Sierra Leone.

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: abstarawally@gmail.com. Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.

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