Bong County Service Center Coordinator Jefferson Gbanyan says the Center remains committed in decentralizing government’s activities and raising revenues to support the success of the Liberian government.Mr. Gbanyan told an interview with this paper Tuesday, 15 January in Gbarnga that in spite of the many challenges, the service center has continued to contribute immensely to the budget.
He names the Ministry of Transport as the scorer of the highest mark in terms of money collection at the center.
During former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf’s regime, government through the Ministry of Internal Affairs with a European Union grant contribution, facilitated the establishment of County Service Centers in all the 15 Counties here.
About 15 service centers were either constructed or refurbished with funding from donors like the European Union, the government of Sweden and USAID.Mr. Gbanyan wants the current government of President George Manneh Weah to also decentralize the activities of the center at the District level.
Mr. Gbanyan believes when that is done, it will greatly help to increase the monthly collection of the center and also help those that are out of Gbarnga to access the center.The Bong County Services Center coordinator also complains of the lack of vehicle, stating that the situation is also undermining the progress of the center.
Mr. Gbanyan believes that they will provide millions of dollars every month if government provides vehicle for their operation.In a related development, the Bong County Service Center has released progress report, announcing the amount of LD$3,637,487.67 plus US$3,712.00 as total revenue generated during November 2018.
Mr. Gbanyan told our correspondent that in the month of November, they were able to offer services to 812 end users in the county.He says out of the number, 747 were males, 29 females and 36 couples, respectively.According to him, out of the LD$3,637,487.67 and US$3,712.00, the Ministry of Transport generated LD$3, 277,488.00 plus US$2,865.00.
He notes that Transport Ministry was followed by the Ministry Internal Affairs with 171,959.92LD plus US$400.00. According to him, the Center for National Documents and Record Agency generated LD$87,943.75 plus US$195.00.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley