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Sierra Leone News: No subvention for Red Cross despite Gov’t commitment

Providing humanitarian aid

According to the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) Act of 2012, Section 5, Subsection 2, “The government shall provide subvention to the Society.” But, since the enactment of the Act on 3rd December 2012, the government has not issued a single Leone in subvention to the SLRCS. The SLRCS is to render medical and humanitarian assistance to the Armed Forces and citizens of Sierra Leone during times of conflict, disasters or humanitarian crisis. The President of the SLRCS and Board Chair, Sahr Christian Fayia said, “We have been donor driven and our operations have been 100% donor dependent. That’s a serious challenge.” He explained that SLRCS is a national society “an axillary to government to provide humanitarian service…” adding, “as Sierra Leoneans we must own it and we must take the lead in supporting the society,” especially resource mobilization. Fayia called on the government to adhere to the commitment by providing the much needed subvention to provide the necessary humanitarian services.   “We are calling on the government of Sierra Leone to pay subventions to the Red Cross as enshrined in our revised act of 2012 to enable us effectively perform our auxiliary role in humanitarian services,” remarked the SLRCS Secretary General, Kpawuru Sandy. “It is but important that the public know that the SLRCS is not a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), or International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) but a national society registered under an Act of parliament of Sierra Leone,” IFRC Organizational Development Delegate, Lawrence Orowe, commented. He explained the government of Sierra Leone and Parliament were acting in fulfilment of Sierra Leone being a signatory of the Geneva Conventions, because it is Sierra Leone’s obligation thus the government must adhere to the provisions of the Act.

OG/29/9/18

By Ophaniel Gooding

Monday October 01, 2018.

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