Mitigating Local Disputes in Liberia (MLDL) a local group has donated office supplies worth over US$113,000 to six district security councils, four community forums and a county security council in Nimba County.
The six district councils include Yarmien District Security Council, Weegbehyee District Security Council, Bain Gar District Security Council, Kpablee District Security Council, Gbehlay-Geh District, and Buuyao District Security Council. Others are Feleedin Community Forum, Bonlah Community Forum, Gbloulay Community Forum, Garplay Community Forum and the County Security Council respectively.
The presentation ceremonies are taking place in various localities in Nimba County’s 17 Administrative Districts.
Materials donated to the County Security Council include: 3 pieces of internet modems, voice recorder, 10 cartoons of papers, 5pieces of ledgers, 5packs of pens, 6 A4 notepads and 6 medium size notepads, 33 pieces of plastic chairs, 5 staplers and ,PA system, among others.
Speaking at one of the presentation sites in the Administration Building in Sanniquellie City recently, Program Manager Martin Sopp said the exercise is sponsored by the United States Government thru the Narcotic Enforcement Agency, an arm of the U.S Department of States, and being implemented by The Kaizen Company.
Mr. Sopp indicated that while it would be difficult to distinguish those office multifarious materials, they are intended for personal use..
“This is American People Money and there will be future countercheck or audit conducted by our donors, you must differentiate; it is their policy which has been introduced and we need to implement it at all levels”, he stressed.
Also speaking, Thomas Q. Suah, Coordinator of the MLDL program, urged the County Security Council to use those materials to boost the operations of the CSC in settling conflicts in the county.
Reading the MOU signed in 2008 between the Government of Liberia and the United States of America under the IMA program, Oscar Behmie Sonyah said the County Security Council agrees that those materials be used for their intended purposes, and that U.S Government employees or representatives should have access to inspect, determine and verify the conditions of the materials, amongst others.
On behalf of the county administration, F. Moham Kromah commended MLDL staffs and for their tireless efforts in promoting peace among the people of Nimba and Liberia at large.
Mitigating Local Disputes in Liberia program started operations in 2012 in Nimba with the establishment of District Security Councils and Community Forums aimed at working with community dwellers to take the Country Security into their own hands.
The District Security Council is chaired by district commissioners with the police and the immigration as members. Editing by Jonathan Browne