The Chairman of the Law Reform Commission (LRC) in Liberia has applauded the continuous support of the Peace Building Fund (PBF) through the United Nations Development Program, (UNDP) to the Commission. Counselor Jallah Barbu said since the establishment of the LRC, UNDP, through the Peace Building Project, has been extremely supportive in the programmatic activities of the Law Reform Commission.
Speaking during the turnover of two land cruiser jeeps to the Commission, Counselor Barbu described the PBF as “a strong pillar of peace, security and development” under the government’s Agenda for Transformation Framework.
He assured that resources being provided by UNDP through the Peace Building Fund will be properly utilized and accounted for. “We believe that your assessment of us as an institution to properly account for resources being made available to us, has brought us to the level we are today and has further sealed the trust that exist between us” The Law Reform Commissioner stressed.
He spoke of the close collaboration and coordination of his team with the media and other development partners in the execution of the Commission’s mandate.
Earlier, UNDP Country Director Kamil Kamaluddeen reiterated UNDP’s commitment to the strengthening of government’s institutions and processes that promote sustainable democratic and economic development in the country.
Dr. Kamaluddeen noted that assets deployed within the government’s framework further strengthens and solidify accountability, coordination and trust within the system.
According to the UNDP Country Director, “The PBF is an Ally in Liberia’s stride to build and maintain peace, security and development”. He also mentioned the collaboration with the media and the General Services Agency which he noted is critical to the deployment and use of assets provided to the Law Reform Commission.
“Our Job is done only when your job is done” concluded Dr. Kamaluddeen.
At the same time, the Director of the Peace Building Office in Liberia Wilfred Johnson Gray has applauded efforts employed by UNDP to peace building projects and initiatives in Liberia. Mr. Gray said UNDP in managing resources made available for peace building efforts, continues to play a critical role in successfully delivering on resources being committed to most of these activities.
He said, so far, over 50million dollars has been pumped into the peace building fund to assist the Government of Liberia’s agenda in sustaining peace and democracy. He described law reform as a conflict issue which he says, is critical to deepening democracy, peace and security.
Meanwhile, a critical partner to the Law Reform Commission has pledged its commitment to ensuring that the institution remains accountable to development partners, donors and the Liberian populace in the discharge of its duties and proper use of resources and assets being made available to the Commission.
The Vice President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Jallah Griffield indicated that the Union is working closely with the LRC to identify and repeal laws that are “unfriendly to the Press”, noting that the PUL will remain engaged with institutions such as the Law Reform Commission to ensure the harmonization of laws that will strengthen the democratic process and with UNDP, to promote development reporting.