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Blamo Nelson, RRF trains locals, chiefs on governance

By Jos Garneo Cephas
Internal Affairs Minister, Blamo Nelson
Internal Affairs Minister, Blamo Nelson

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-Internal Affairs Minister, Blamo Nelson, is challenging political and traditional leaders to accept the new decentralization policy to enhance needed development and Good Governance in Liberia.

Minister Nelson said: “It is time for ordinary Liberians and their leaders realize practical planning and development that directly involve them.

He said: “The time, when governance was effective only in Monrovia, no more exists.”

The Internal Affairs Minister made the statement when addressing a three-day consultative national and local leaders’ awareness training in Monrovia.

The training brought together Paramount and Clan Chiefs, County Commissioners as well as community youth leaders from the Western Regional Counties of Liberia, including Gbarpolu, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount.

The Workshop sponsored by GIZ Natural Resources Governance Project in Liberia, and implemented by Rights and Rice Foundation (RRF) and the Federation of Minders’ Association of Liberia (FOMAL), had the theme; “creating awareness and ownership among national, local government officials, youth and traditional leaders on participatory local development planning”.  

“Under the new decentralization policy, neither the President, nor any of the three branches of government can overturn any decision by the people,” Minister Nelson said.

For his part, RRF’s Executive Director, James Yarsiah, said: “To fully empower the locals, his outfit and partners are taking on skill-driven training to make beneficiary communities close the poverty gap.”

The two officials made the statements Monday March 19, 2013 in Tubmanburg, the provincial Capital of Bomi County.


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