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As 706 carat diamond is around, NACSA is without money to implement projects.


National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) Deputy Commissioner, Haja Isatu Kamara said the Commission is handcuffed by budget constraints and cannot implement projects as part of their social responsibility and mandate.
NaCSA was Commissioned in 1998 by an Act of Parliament to promote community based, demand driven, and sustainable development activities leading to the alleviation of poverty, reduction in the threat of renewed conflicts and improvement in the speed, quality and impact of development initiatives.
Since its inception in the 90s, the Commission has developed infrastructural developments across the country such as building schools, constructions of water-well for vulnerable communities, construction of feeder roads, providing micro-finance among others.
According to the Deputy Commissioner, these facilities and projects have experienced serious challenges and constraints because of a lack of funds to maintain and sustain them.
“We have conducted evaluations and assessments of these structures across and we found out that these facilities are in dilapidated conditions because we lack a proper maintenance culture. The Commission has plans but these plans are challenged with constraints in terms of budgets”.
To tackle these challenges NaCSA has organised a five-day training of trainer’s workshop for Facilities Management Committees (FMCs) and District Councils in Kailahun, Kono and Koinadugu.
The workshop, which is being held at MIB conference hall in Bo, started on March 14 and will end on March 18th 2017. The workshop is sponsored by German Financial Corporation Programme (KFW) and the German Government.
Kamara said the essence of the workshop is to implement tools to train FMCs to ensure sustainability of facilities.
She maintained that NaCSA has a maintenance fund to tackle these challenges, notwithstanding that “we have to think of ways of generating income within our localities so that we will be able to take care of these facilities”.
A Senegalese consultant, Dr. Pascal de Campos, working with ECO-GITEC said they developed guidelines and templates on how facilities are to be operated, maintained and governed by FMCs and also to enable them translate contents of guidelines into knowledge, attitudes and behaviour.

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