The two final events were respectively held in Njama, Kowa Chiefdom and Gondama, Timdale Chiefdom in the Moyamba District on Wednesday 12th July and Thursday 13th July, 2017.
Speaking at the events, the Deputy Director of Public Education and Outreach, Patrick Sandi, said the ACC is handling the GRM component of the project which is supported by UNICEF. He said the awareness raising activities are meant to provide the beneficiaries with relevant information that would ensure transparency and a successful implementation of the project. Mr. Sandi said the GRM provides for beneficiaries of the project to report to the ACC any issue of concern related to the project. He categorized issues of short payment, bribery, extortion and replacement of deceased beneficiaries as matters that should be reported to the Commission. He made reference to cases the ACC has handled in the past and encouraged the beneficiaries to play their own part by reporting to the Commission any matter that may threaten the successful implementation of the project. Mr. Sandi said issues that are administrative in nature will be referred to the implementing agency (NaCSA), while those that are suspected incidences of corruption will be investigated by the ACC.
Addressing beneficiaries in Gondama, Timdale Chiefdom, Senior Public Education Officer, ACC Alimamy L. Kamara underscored, the SSN project will not last forever, and therefore advised them to utilize the funds judiciously for the intended purposes. He assured listeners of ACC commitment in eliminating obstacles to the success of the programme.
At the meeting in Njama, Communications Officer, ACC Abubakarr Turay spoke on the role of the beneficiaries in the project and told them about the free toll lines of 161 (Airtel), 077985985 and 077986986. He also spoke about the DFID-supported Pay No Bribe campaign, which primarily aims at addressing cases of bribery in the country. He encouraged the beneficiaries to make reports using the 515 toll free line (all networks) to report any act of bribery whilst accessing public services.
Councilors of the two communities thanked the donors, ACC and NaCSA for the project, which they say, has contributed immensely in alleviating poverty and improving the living standards of people in their wards. Councilors Augustine Josiah of Kowa Chiefdom and Agnes Bangay of Timdale Chiefdom hoped for the inclusion of more people into the scheme.
During the question and answer sessions, beneficiaries of the two chiefdoms gave testimonies of how the project has helped transform their lives and empowered them send their children to school.