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Pres. Sirleaf brings governance closer to the people

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President Sirleaf  cutting the sod to the new County Service Center as other watch on.
President Sirleaf cutting the sod to the new County Service Center as other watch on.

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the idea behind Liberia's decentralization program is to bring governance closer to the people.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said: "Besides, it is important to make services a broad-base part of the massive participation in governance. "She made the statement Wednesday, April 21, 2016 when she dedicated the newly constructed Margibi County Service Center in Kakata City.

The Margibi Service Center, a part of government’s Decentralization Program, is primarily intended to provide needed services like Business permits, Driving licenses and, Birth and marriage certifications for the same cost being charge in Monrovia.

The Liberian Leader also said: "The Government’s Decentralization policy is not just about bringing the Government closer to the people, but about Economic Decentralization, that provides the citizenry opportunities like the County and Social Development Funds."

She called on the Legislature to pass into law the Local Governance Act to complete the Political Decentralization process.

President Johnson-Sirleaf lauded the citizens of Margibi County to take ownership of and sustain the facility, and praised donor partners for their assistance.

President Sirleaf ,  Dr. Amos Sawyer, Margibi Supt.i and A  Minister,  Sirleaf viewing the inner part of the cente.


The President emphasized: "We must reach the goal with the support of our citizens and development partners. We must complete what we have started- this is the spirit of Liberians."

Earlier, Good Governance Commission Chairman, Amos Sawyer, said: "The County Service Center is one of President Sirleaf's legacies to be remembered." Dr. Sawyer, however, said there were challenges and called for the Government's support to meet the set goals of the decentralization initiative.

He also said: "Let Government take action to sustain the gains we have made so far by allotting a budget to the Ministry of Internal Affairs before October 2016."

The Chairman of the Margibi County Legislative Caucus,  Rep. Emmanuel Nuquay, described the County Service Center as the Liberian Government’s demonstration of true love for the people of the county and Liberians at large.

Rep. Nuquay said decentralization increases the people’s commitment to the democratization of any nation – noting: “Placing money in the budget for the county development purpose is a clear demonstration of a noble leadership.”

For his part, Kakata City Major, Eddie Murphy, commended the Government, on behalf of Margibi County, for the construction of the Service Center in Margibi County.

He said the construction of the Center will now make it easier to render services to the people in the county, instead of travelling as far as Monrovia to acquire the needed services.  He admonished citizens of Margibi County to make maximum use of the facility. 

The State Secretary for International Cooperation of Sweden, Urika Modeer, said her government has a very longstanding relationship with the people of Liberia and observed that so far, Liberia was heading in the right direction.

She recorded Sweden's support of US$158m to Liberia to enhance the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus.  In remarks, Madam Modeer said she recognizes the service delivery facility, meant to reduce the suffering of the citizens. 

Acting Internal Affairs Minister, Varney Sirleaf, praised President Johnson-Sirleaf for her sound leadership and commitment to Liberia’s development, adding: “Your vision to decentralize this country is not a mistake.”

Acting Minister Sirleaf then urged Liberians to pray for a tolerant leader like President Sirleaf.


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