SPIDERA, a British organization in collaboration with the Volunteers for Sustainable Development in Africa (VOSIEDA) has launched a new project to tackle insufficiency of information relative to government development activities.
The launch brought together over fifty persons from both governmental and the civil society circle in Liberia.
Sadatu Konneh Fahnbulleh, VOSIEDA Media and Program Manager said the main focused of the newly project is to create all the necessary platforms for citizens to engage state actors regularly aim at understanding the workings of the Government.
Giving the overview, the Team Leader of the group, Timothy Kortu asserted that the project is necessary because if the situation around information dissimilation is left unchecked, could result into poor accountability of government stewardship.
According to him, it is against this backdrop the Team launched this communication initiative that will bring about constant interaction between government and it’s citizens in a bid to improve on the issue of accountability in the development processes of the country.
Kortu mentioned that key component of the project will further focus on promoting women and young people noting that information is a barrie’s in Liberia as such it is important to create the platform where people can be able to get answers to any inquiry.
He further indicated that when people are acknowledgeable of the different development initiatives they would be in the proper position to hold their leaders accountable.
Serving as guest speaker at the project launch, Commissioner Mark Freeman of the Independent Information Commission said Information Communication Technology is very important in promoting and fostering access to information in National Development.
Freeman noted that the commission recognizes the important of access to information as a critical tools for citizens to exercise their vote to effectively monitor and hold government accountable.
Subsequently; the President of the Female Journalists Association of Liberia, Siatta Scott Johnson called on all state actors to support the project in order to meet its objective of providing a platform that will enable citizens have access to basic information from in and around the country.
She pledges her institution willingness to working with the group in ensuring that the objective of the project is met especially with regards to the aspect of getting needful information across to the ordinary people.