The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) says they are contemplating providing some form of support for the Sierra Leone entertainment industry to cushion the effect of the COVID 19 disease on that sector.
This is in the words of Dr. Hannah Sao KaptoMaxKyne, Deputy Commissioner for the Commission.
“We are working on plans to support the entertainment industry as one of the hardest-hit sectors by the COVID 19 disease,” she told a local media following donation activities during the three-day lockdown.
With support from the central government, NaCSA donated food and cash to vulnerable people, mostly the disabled across the country amid a three-day lockdown against the coronavirus.
President Bio announced in a televised address after the 3 days’ lockdown that Four Billion Leones was dished to NaCSA to support the poor, this brought the Commission under the spotlight as to whether the amount in question was used entirely for the intended purpose.
Clarification on this was aptly made by the Deputy Commissioner who admitted that only One billion Leones was dispensed within the period.
“But we have plans to use part of the balance to support people particularly those in the hospitality industry,” Kyne noted. She said they will be working with the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs to identify targets.
Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu Pratt had also spoken of similar plans for the entertainment industry in early engagement. She said the Government of Sierra Leone was planning to provide some form of support to the entertainment industry that is being hard hit by the outbreak.
“Government, among other things, will look at the possibility of giving tax breaks to businesses in that sector,”Dr. Pratt had earlier touted.