The Commissioner of the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA), Abu Bockarie Kokofele has stated that the Social Safety Nets (SSN) project is focused on reducing the poverty level of the people by way of alleviating their suffering.
This was disclosed by the Commissioner during an engagement with the Anti-Corruption Commission, Statistics Sierra Leone, the National Commission for Persons with Disability and many other stakeholders on the implementation of the Social Safety Nets Project.
The SSN additional finance is the product of the financial agreement signed between the Government of Sierra Leone and the World Bank to alleviate poverty by providing income support to extremely poor households and vulnerable people including persons with disability.
The Bombali District Council Hall hosted volunteers and key partners to commence the training of potential Enumerators for the SSN Community Validation, Targeting and enrollment. The essence of such training is not only to ensure the right people are enrolled but also to enhance transparency and accountability in the entire process. But more importantly, to facilitate a participatory community dialogue and beneficiary identification exercise to identify the potential beneficiary households for the cash transfer program based on quota system.
“Government committed to implementing the clusters in the Medium-Term National Development plan with focus on poverty reduction; the Social Safety Nets Project is for the people of Sierra Leone and its objective is to provide income support to extremely poor Sierra Leoneans,” Commissioner Kokofele affirmed.
Dr. Susan Robert, Senior Director- Programme Development and Quality Assurance, reassured participants and the people of Sierra Leone that though the SSN project target all Sierra Leoneans base on merit, women, children and Persons with disability will be given special attention.
She appealed with the Social Protection volunteers to put aside favoritism and treat all aspect of the training with seriousness.
The chairperson of the preliminary session of the training who also doubles as Director of Field Operations- Catherine A. Sillah encouraged community stakeholders to be the eyes of their Communities and provide the necessary support needed for the implementation of the “Ep Fet Po” project.
The opening session of the training enjoyed the presence of many stakeholders including the Director of Programmes and Acting SSN Programme Manager who provided vivid public education on Covid-19.
The District Chairman- Karene District, the Deputy Chairman- Bombali District Council, Regional Manager – ACC and the Paramount Chief of Bombali Shebora Chiefdom- P.C Bai Shebora Kasagna were instrumental during the process.