The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security has taken the lead in implementing good governance pro-grammes in the country as a boost to the success of its agricultural projects implemented countrywide.
Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Dr. Joseph Sam Sesay in an interview disclosed that more that 70% of its core functions have been devolved to the local councils. "In consonance with the mandate of the President, my Ministry which functions are mostly rural based has devolved most of its core functions, making us a leading agency in the assurance of good governance in the country" he said in the interview.
To support the devolution of its functions, the Ministry of Agriculture has undertaken the construction of District Agricultural Offices in all the districts in the country and recently the construction of ward offices for ward councilors as well. These offices according to the Minister will be used to tailor all agricultural and development support functions to the local councils.
Added to the many training programmes the Ministry through the National Programme Coordinating Unit (NPCU) has carried out for the local councils, the building of ward offices for every ward in the country to enhance the proper implementation of agricultural base programmes has been commended by the country's development partners as a novelty.
Mohamed Tejan Keller, National Coordinator of the NPCU in a comment to this medium expressed that the Ministry through IFAD wants to take agriculture to the grassroots, down to ward level in a bid to exemplify aspects of good governance in the country.
As a means of facilitating access and availability in the ward offices, Ministry of agriculture through the NPCU has also provided 10 bicycles each for ward councilors in each constituency in the country. According to the Coordinator, the supply of the bicycles was also used to engender gender balance by making sure that 5 of the bicycles for each constituency is made for women councilors.