19.5 C
Sierra Leone
Monday, January 30, 2023

LAB calls on stakeholders in the East to invest in the Bureaus

HomeAYV NewsLAB calls on stakeholders in the East to invest in the Bureaus

LAB calls on stakeholders in the East to invest in the Bureaus

Date:

Related stories

Multi-Purpose Biometric ID Card to be Launched Today

The National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) will today 30th...

2023 Elections: Sierra Leone Supreme Court rules elections to be conducted on PR system

The Sierra Leone Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed a...

ReNIP to Hold Lower-Level Elections This Weekend

The Republic National Independent Party (ReNIP), will tomorrow 28th...

Multi-Purpose Biometric Identity Cards Set to be Launched

His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio will officially...

Health Ministry Engages AYV Staff on the Need for COVID Vaccination

The Health Education Division at the Ministry of Health...

The call follows a joint assessment of the fifteen Bureaus in the capital Freetown by the Public Relations and the Outreach and Community Affairs Departments. The report shows that nine of the fifteen Bureaus are performing below expectations in terms of addressing the justice needs of the community.

The reports notes that the Bureaus in Wards  391, 393 and 394 covering Pipeline, Thompson Bay, UN Drive, Scan Drive, Caningo, Sheriff Drive, Wilkinson Road and Grassfield in Lumley in the West and Wards 346 in Calaba Town, 355 in Wellington and 356 in Kuntolor in the East of the capital are performing satisfactorily. The reports attributed the success of these Bureaus to the fact that they have an office space to conduct their activities. Also, they have a handful of volunteers who render full-time service coupled with the support of stakeholders and the Councilors of the various Wards.

The reports further reveals that Wards 348 in Old Wharf, 349 in Sayenor, 354 in Rokupa and Peacock Farm,  352 in Allen Town, 353 in Congo Water, 354 in Portee, 357 in Thunder Hill and 351 in Maxwell Street are performing below expectation. The report notes that these Bureaus do not have a proper office, volunteers who are not prepared to give off their time and a generally failure of local leadership.

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles said the local stakeholders in the struggling Bureaus should step up and stop looking for help from outside the community. ‘Taking ownership of the Bureau by ploughing in your resources is the surest way to ensure its sustainability and this is what we have been emphasizing from the outset,’ she said. ‘The Legal Aid Board will continue to invest in building the capacity of the volunteers, you have to play your part.

Carlton-Hanciles is exploring the possibility of overhauling the non-performing Bureaus. This will include replacing volunteers who are not ready to work. In addition, the Board’s Paralegals will spend more time in the Bureaus to support the volunteers. ‘The fact that the volunteers do not receive any allowance is a challenge we will have to address together,’ she said, adding: ‘It is very difficult joggling between volunteering and finding food for the family.’

Business News

Subscribe

- Never miss a story with notifications

- Gain full access to our premium content

- Browse free from up to 5 devices at once

Multi-Purpose Biometric ID Card to be Launched Today

The National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) will today 30th January, 2023 officially launch and produce the Securitised and Multi-Purpose Biometric Identity Cards countrywide. Over the...