The head for the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia, Zanzan Karwar says taxes collected in counties should be left there for development rather than brought to Monrovia.
He says on a monthly basis, counties generate huge revenue for central government, but none of the money is left in those places for local development. Though the chief did not make specific reference to any county, few years back the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning announced that Nimba County raised highest amount of revenue for government, while recent record from the Liberia Revenue Authority showed that Maryland and Grand Bassa Counties are now in the lead followed by Margbi County.
Chief Karwar spoke at the opening of a three-day National Traditional Leaders Conference in Ganta, Nimba County. The conference is being held by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia in partnership with the Carter Center Access to Justice Program funded by USAID and the Swedish government.
It brings together Chiefs and Elders from all 15 counties of Liberia with the aim of educating local leaders on government’s Pro-Poor Agenda and their role in supporting the Government of Liberia for its successful implantation.
Carter Center Chief of Party, Pewee S. Flomoku, pledges his organization’s support to working with the Government of Liberia for the successful execution of its Pro-Poor Agenda.
He says Carter Center has made significant strides under its four basic programs, including Access to Information, Justice, Mental Health and Election matters. Flomoku notes that the Center’s role is to create a platform that would promote citizens’ participation in the development process of the nation.
Chiefs and elders at the conference disclosed that prior to the gathering, they had no understanding about the meaning of the much talked-about agenda and expressed hope that by the end of the conference, they would be knowledgeable on the policy to be able to explain it to their people.
By Thomas Domah /Nimba–Editing by Jonathan Browne