‘This is the first time I have seen Tribal Headmen in the Western Area in such a large group in a carnival,’ said Richard Sylvah one of the attendees at the carnival. This was corroborated by George Bundeh of the National Revenue Authority who had this to say: ‘The number of tribal headmen at this carnival is just unbelievable.’ He added that this is the most well attended carnival he has been to so far this year.
Another attendee Yeama Yorma lauded the Board for the peaceful nature of the event. ‘There were no disturbances even though there were no security personnel to keep an eye on us.’ she said. ‘More importantly, there were no children like you would have in other carnivals. We also had chairs which is not common in carnivals’
The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board described the carnival as very successful in terms of the objectives for which it was organized. ‘While the carnival was open to all and sundry, the objective is to socialize with justice sector institutions and the Trusted Partners namely Tribal Headmen, Motor Drivers Union, Petty Traders, Labour Congress and civil society movement,’ Ms. Carlton-Hanciles said. ‘If you judge the carnival base on representation from these groups then we will be rated at hundred percent. The Sierra Leone Police was represented by no less a person than the Inspector General of Police, Francis Munu. Infant he was the only person who was honoured with making a statement at the carnival.’
Ms. Carlton-Hanciles said 2017 will be very hectic for the Board in terms of scaling up access to justice. ‘We can now safely say that we have a very clear idea of the challenges in making justice accessible, equitable and affordable around the country,’ she said. ‘Come 2017 will train our trusted partners to complement our efforts in addressing these challenges.’