A local NGO, Development Education Network of Liberia or DEN-L, has ended a stakeholder’s engagement for local authorities in Menpeama, districts one and eight, Nimba County.
The forum brought together citizens and local authorities from 20 towns, representing both districts. It was organized by the DEN-L with support from USAID and IREX. Speaking during the engagement in Bunadin town, Menpeama district# 8, the master trainer at DEN-L, Elisha L. Bloe, said the exercise is intended to enable citizens engage their local authorities to account for funds that were provided by local and international organizations, including the government during the Ebola crisis.
He said the forum will also help citizens to have regular engagements with their leaders on happenings round them. According to him, during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, donors and friendly countries provided material and financial assistance so it was time citizens engage their leaders to account for those donations.
He said DEN-L is working in two districts – Zuluyee in Bain-Garr and Bunadin town, respectively. At the forum in Bunadin, citizens were given the opportunity to query their local authorities about funds they received during the Ebola crisis.
For his part, the chairman for the stakeholder’s engagement forum for district# 8, Paul Nyamehn, thanked DEN-L for the opportunity provided them to interact. He added that the process has educated them on how to engage their local leaders in the districts and at the county level.
By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba – Edited by Jonathan Browne