By Pat Kawa in Bo

A total of seventy nine (79) World Bank funded cash for work projects in the Southern Region for 2011-2012 undertaken by the National Commission for Social Action (NACSA) has been approved by the approval Committee Members of Bo, Pujehun, Moyamba and Bonthe Districts respectively. Speaking to Standard Times shortly after the approval of the projects, the Southern Regional Coordinator, National Commission for Social Action Mr. Osman .M. Jalloh said, the Projects are designed to engage youths in development activities of their respective communities and a channel for youth employment and poverty reduction in the Districts. According to Mr. Osman .M. Jalloh, there are seventy nine projects designed for the entire Southern Region from which Bo District has twenty-six projects, Pujehun twelve, Moyamba fourteen and Bonthe District twenty-seven, noting that each of the projects cost Eighteen Thousand Dollars ($18,000.00)

The Regional Coordinator further disclosed that Bo District has ten projects, which are Agricultural based projects and for Pujehun District, there is a total of four projects that are Agricultural based projects. For Bonthe District, the Regional Coordinator disclosed that seventeen are road projects and ten are Agricultural, while in Moyamba there are four Agricultural projects and ten road projects and that his Commission is collaborating with two line ministries such as the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security for the supervision of the projects.

He disclosed that as a result of the successes of the previous Cash for Work Projects and CDP, additional funds have been received from the Word Bank and Islamic Development Bank for youth employment support projects, which are to be implemented.

Mr. Jalloh expressed satisfaction over the signing and approval of the project in the four Districts adding that this is not the first time that projects of such nature have been approved. He disclosed that the demand for cash for work projects is increasing in every District. The Regional Coordinator warned contractors to work within the time frame as the monitoring of these projects will be intensified so that the beneficiaries will acquire what belongs to them. He disclosed that the funds are yet to be reflected in the accounts and urged NaSCA District Coordinators in the four Districts to monitor accordingly so that work will commence, adding that NaSCA will partner with the Councils, SLRA, and Agriculture for effective monitoring and supervision of the projects.

NaSCA Southern Regional Engineer Saidu Jalloh earlier highlighted the matrix of proposed sub-projects for approval which include project cost, number of direct beneficiaries, scope of work, and project title among others pointing out that the approval Committee Members had recommended that Technical Supervision be scale up and a joint supervision should be increased between NaSCA and its partners.

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