National Population Secretariat field coordinator in collaboration with CRR
taskforce committee members on Tuesday January 2 converged at the Forestry
Bantaba, in Janjanbureh where they held their first quarterly meeting of 2018.
The activity was funded by UNFPA. The population taskforce (PTF) members comprise representatives of the Community Development Office, local government, health personnel, religious leaders, Women’s Bureau, media among others to steer its affairs within the region.
Addressing the participants, the regional field coordinator for URR and overseeing CRR Momodou Billo Jallow said the meeting aimed at scrutinising reports that have been generated in the previous meetings as his office is responsible for coordinating; monitoring and supervising all UNFPA funded activities within the regions.
“However, anytime we converge here, we always scrutinise reports that have been produced during monitoring visits, these are drafted reports and the PTF members scrutinise these reports and adopted them which is part of the NPCS policy and forward them at national level,” he said.
He spoke at length on the important role PTF members played in the joint monitoring trek conducted by the National Population Secretariat. He further highlighted on the significance of the meeting, noting that it will help to discuss key issues and most of the key stakeholders whose institutions were visited as the beneficiaries of the country’s programmes are member of the PTF.
“Health is a critical aspect and the regional health director being present here because during our visit to Kuntaur Major Health Centre and the regional health drugs stores, we identified certain constrains that we think can be resolved through the ongoing UNFPA programme,” he stated.
Jallow hailed UNFPA for funding the activities of PTF in order to enable them to live up to expectation by embarking on their monitoring visits. He advised the team to be punctual and be committed in order to function effectively as they are extracted from the TAC.
The Community Development officer for CRR south Alieu Mbow commended NPCS for coming up with an initiative of monitoring the UNFPA funding projects to ensure sustainability, noting that the sitting will help the PTF members to evaluate and find way forwards to address the constrains of the projects.
“The PTF is significant in ensuring effective management of the UNFPA funding projects in order to make sure the resources are put in good use,” he said.
The regional health director, Baba Galleh Jallow, applauded the participants for attending the first quarterly meeting in 2018, while appealing to them to be committed in all forms of national development.
“The PTF team has a key role to play in ensuring the effective and efficient implementation of the funded projects within the region as well as to contribute in national development through complementing the UNFPA efforts in national development,” he noted.