NCD engages stakeholders on Civic Message Development
By Musa Kamara
The National Commission for Democracy (NCD) yesterday organized a workshop on Civic Message Development on the theme: “Enhancing Civic Culture in Sierra Leone.”
The workshop, which was hosted in the conference room of the Council of Churches Sierra Leone (CCSL) in Freetown, attracted a cross-section of stakeholders including paramount chiefs, police and civil society.
Giving an overview of the session, NCD Director of Programmes, Kalie Sillah said the session is aimed at improving political attitudes, behavioral patterns needed for democratic good governance with themes centered on National Unity, Political tolerance and Cohesion; Early Warning and Conflict Prevention; Lawlessness and the Rule of Law.
He disclosed that the thematic areas are part of NCD’s 2020 Annual Work Plan on Promoting and Consolidating Democratic Good Governance in Sierra Leone.
He mentioned that after the session, NCD would validate what is discussed and agreed upon, and then translated into five (5) local languages inclusive of Temne and Mende. According to him, the aim is to promote peace and democratic good governance in the country.
Chairman of NCD, Dr. Abubakarr H. Kargbo, underscored the importance of the session by emphasizing on the need for effective communication directed to the grass root.
He called on Sierra Leoneans to deviate from violence and embrace a civic culture that enhances peaceful co-existence.
On his part, Minister of Public and Political Affairs, Mohamed Foday Yumkella stressed on the importance of the session and appealed for such a session to be replicated in the provinces.
He recalled that since the country’s independence, there has been series of lawlessness perpetrated by mostly youth, masked up by regional and tribal political lines.
He said such situation has greatly affected the progress of the country. He cited the Tombo incidence as one of the factors of lawlessness demonstrated by youth.
He explained that with sustainable civic education, there is bound to be citizens committed to the promotion of peace.
Commenting on the workshop, the Deputy Head of Media Unit of the Sierra Leone Police, Assistant Superintendent Samuel Saio Conteh, appealed for an extension of the session, and described the themes as ‘having national flavor very relevant for a peaceful democratic society. He noted that misinformation and disinformation has been the order of day which has ignited many violence attacks nationwide.
He urged NCD to engage institutions and also have focal persons in institutions very integral to peace building.