President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is expected to launch the De-concentration Platform this Wednesday in Gbarnga City, Bong County.
It can be recalled that on January 5, 2012, the Liberian Government launched the National Policy on Decentralization and Local governance. The policy among other things visualizes the devolution of functions and resources to local governments over a ten year period.
The launching of the de-concentration platform will be the highest expression of the President’s commitment to the decentralization program. In that platform document, all the ministries and agencies agreed on the services they are sending to the counties to be under the supervision of the county superintendents.
In an interaction with the media last Saturday, Internal Affairs Ministry r, Morris Dukuly, said during activities to launch the De-concentration Platform, the Ministry is also bringing together all county officers for orientation and training.The training is intended to prepare the participants for decentralization, because under de-concentration, superintendents will become chief executive officers for their counties.
He said the occasion marks a significant step in the implementation of the decentralization program and that the de-concentration is all about taking services to the people, instead of them coming to Monrovia to get certain services done or performed.
He noted that one benefit is to “remove red-tip and delay in service delivery. He said this would also reduce cost of government’s operation. He said it is all about “taking the government to the people.”
According to Minister Dukuly the President of Liberia will be honoring five chiefs for the distinguished and dedicated services to the country and its people. The five chiefs who are predominately from Bong will be recognized, decorated and certificated in Gbarnga.
They include Liberia’s longest paramount Chief, Gbelly Kamara of Todee District, Montserrado County and Former national Orator and retired Bong County Paramount Chief Flomo T. Barworlor. Others are paramount Chief FlomoGbokolo, Chief FlomoGonkpain and NyanTarkular, all from Bong County.
He also used the occasion to commend many persons and institutions that have been working for the success of the program which include the UNPDP Representative in Liberia, who he said developed “special interest” in the program and even provided manpower, the Governance Commission headed by Dr. Amos Sawyer, the Ministry of Finance and UNMIL’s deputy boss.
Also speaking during the interaction, the national Director of the Decentralization Support program, Dr. Roosevelt Gaygay said the forum would be more interactive and productive because the de-concentration of the public sector is to consolidate continuity and holistic operation and also to make government more effective.
Dr. Gaygay added that the platform would work on reorientation to “move forward resolutely” and for local officials to stimulate local people to work. He said it is to ensure that those things needed are closer to the people.
Finally the President of Liberia during the De-concentration Platform in Bong County is also expected to induct the new leadership of the Superintendent’s Council of Liberia, headed by Grand Bassa County Superintendent, Etweeda Cooper.