By Zainab Kanu
The United Nations Joint Vision in Sierra Leone is presently conducting a week long training for officers of Statistics Sierra Leone and Monitoring and Evaluation Officers working for various Local Councils in the country.
The session which is being held at the Hotel 5-10 at Kissy in the east end of Freetown attracted thirty five participants from different parts of the country.
Making a statement, the UN official, Mr. Ibrahim Sesay, informed participants that the UN Joint Mission in Sierra Leone is supporting institutions in the country that are working towards development, noting that Statistics Sierra Leone and the Local Government Councils are receiving support directly from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
He also stated that all participants will be trained on data collection, which is one of the UN programmes of support for Sierra Leone, as data collection is also part of the country’s agenda for change.
Mr. Sesay also informed the participants that the training will increase their knowledge in the field to enable them provide accurate and sound data for the country’s development.
At the end of the training, he said, workers are expected to use the training as a tool for honest and proper accountability.
During the training, he said they will be taught various types of survey data, analysis and the various types of modern day data collection and processing methods.
In his statement, the Component Manager of Statistics Sierra Leone, Mr. Andrew Johnny, stressed the importance of the data collection training, stating that planning is important for development.
He informed the participants that in managing the world’s resources, there has to be little spill over and therefore there is always the need to come together and put in place the resources for it to be well managed.
He stated that they were receiving professional training with a complete package that will help them throughout their work and add value to their work.