The Western Area Rural District Council (WARDC) has on the 20th December 2023 ended a one-day training session for Councilors and Village Heads on their Roles and Responsibilities as local authorities in the Western Area Rural District at their Conference Hall in Waterloo.

In his statement, The Chief Administrator, Festus Kallay, rolled out the importance of the training, which aimed at getting the councillors and village heads familiar with the Local Government Act,Decentralization Policy, and the standing orders governing local councils.

He stressed the importance of understanding their mandates and limitations in fulfilling their duties, highlighting their crucial role in realizing the council’s revenue potential for enhanced community service delivery as well as working in the best interest of their people at all times.

The Deputy District Council Chairman, Robert Browne, on behalf of the Chairman expressed his satisfaction with the opportunity provided for local authorities to gain knowledge about their roles and responsibilities as that is the very best step in the right direction in making them be accountable for what they do in the council.

The training according to the IEC Officer, Chernor Juldeh Bah, was funded by the European Union, through the Local Authorities Programme in Sierra Leone, involving five councils in Sierra Leone and one in Italy.