By Alex Johnson
The government of Liberia in partnership with Mitigating Local Disputes in Liberia (MLDL) the U S Department has officially launched the County Security Mechanism in Gbarnga, Bong County.
During the launching ceremony were the County Superintendent, Asst Superintendent for development, Commissioners, as well as local leaders, including every security sector of the county.
Speaking at the opening of the launching ceremony held at the Administrative Building of the county in Gbarnga on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, the Asst. Minister of Justice of the Ministry of Justice, Minister Frederick Gemie, said the idea of the launch is intended to help Liberians stimulate government’s policy and developmental operations.
He said that if the standard of Security in the country should be increased, action should be taken to raise protection and support in the Security sector.
Min. Gemie noted that it is now time for the Security areas of the country to be given additional attention which he added that the National Security Council of Liberia and the Mitigating Local Disputes in Liberia has already taken the lead to work with civil Societies, local leaders including Security apparatus of each county across the country. He disclosed that the Council will also provide training for case management, and conflict resolution among others for Superintendents, District Commissioners, Local Leaders as well as the Security apparatus in order to strengthen them fight crimes in the county.
Minister Gemie believes that the decentralization of the Security Council is one of the fastest ways to achieve lasting peace, development and economic growth in the county.
Making remarks, Bong County Development Superintendent, Anthony Sheriff lauded the Council for what he called transformation in the Security sector and said the county is willing to join in hands with the Council to ensure safety in the country.
He used the medium to outline some development agenda of the county as 1.5 M USD allotment for the pavement of major roads in the County, with 1.8M allotment for the completion of the county’s Technical College. He said plains are on the way to ensure that the county is electrified, and citizens be given free access to water also in the county and the called on local leaders of the county to work collaborative to ensure the improvement of the county.