President Sirleaf has acknowledged the tremendous progress already made by her administration, but said there was still a long way to go. President Sirleaf made the acjnowledgement at the Gbarnga City Hall on Monday, April 25, when she officially opened the Bong County Service Center.
The Liberian Leader expressed gratitude to partners, particularly the Swedish government, the United Nations, citizens and local authorities for their support and efforts. Meanwhile, Governance Commission Chairman Amos Sawyer has emphasized that the County Service Centers are the first stage of the decentralization process, which seeks to bring the government to the people.
According to Dr. Sawyer, the completion and opening of at least three service centers indicates that the government will achieve its goal of erecting the facilities in all of the counties before the end of its tenure. He, however, praised President Sirleaf for the vision, but emphasized the need for the sustainability of such governance system through the passage of the local governance act and related bills by the legislature.
He stressed the need to ensure that those assigned at the Service Center are given the requisite training, while providing the basic public services. Also speaking on behalf of the Bong County Legislative Caucus, Representative George Mulbah described the CSC as a land mark development by the Sirleaf administration.
Representative Mulbah assured the President of the caucus’ commitment to supporting the passage of the local governance, land rights and other acts at the legislature. The Bong County Service Center brings together about twelve government ministries and agencies, and has started providing twenty one various major public services.
In another development, on Sunday as part of her visit to Bong County, President Sirleaf dedicated several projects under the Millennium Villages Project in Kokoyah Statutory District. The Liberian leader dedicated a school, clinic, youth center, as well as hand pumps, among other structures constructed by the project under the United Nations.
The original cost of the project was earlier put at five million United States Dollars, but implementers said the amount available was US$3.9m.
By Papa Morris from Gbarnga, Bong County-Edited by George Barpeen