Sierra Leone - Local government





Sierra Leone is divided into the Western Area (the former colony) and the Northern, Eastern, and Southern provinces (formerly the protectorate). The three provinces are divided into a total of 12 districts with 148 chiefdoms. Local government in the Western Area is administered by municipalities. Rural areas are governed by village committees, which send members to district councils, which in turn are represented in a rural area council.

Each province has a resident minister as administrative head. Local units within the provinces are, in ascending order of importance, villages, extended villages or sections, chiefdoms, and district councils. The 12 district councils, which contain elected members as well as paramount chiefs, are responsible for primary education, health centers, agricultural extension work, social welfare, community development, and transportation services (roads, bridges, and ferries). The war incapacitated local government by severely disrupting social institutions, and uprooting some two million refugees and internally displaced persons.

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Jan 30, 2011 @ 4:16 pm
19 local councils including Freetown municipality were established by the 2004 local government Act enercted by parliament after its demise in 1972. The local government was established to bring governance through democratic process aim at development and effective service delivery by the people of the respective geographical juridictions. Local government required local participation in governance for development programs and devolution fuction in an accountable and transparent manner. In order to attain this goal local councils in Sierra leone are required by law to use the resources at their disposal, grants and assistant from donors and agencies.
Local councils at its embronic stage has made great impact in development of their respective localities with avilable resources and grants provided by government.
However, local councils in Sierra Leone are face with numerous challeges in their localities in terms of mobilization of domestic resources, high dependency on donor support and the legislation lapses in harmonizing with existing laws most of which are obselete.
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Feb 7, 2013 @ 10:10 am
Please can the local government give us more informations about these chiefdoms ie the ruling houses of each chiefdom, how they gained their title and the rightful founders of each house. also time and date each houses as ruled for. etc.

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