The head for the Nimba County Service Center in Sanniquellie, the provincial capital, discloses that from May to September 2018 the Center generated more than 17 million Liberian dollars in revenue for government.
However, Mr. F. Mohammed Kromah notes that since the Center was established in 2016, it has not provided services to citizens in all 17 administrative districts of the county because it lacks vehicles.He says in total, the Center generated 17, 997,480 Liberian dollars that went into government coffers.
Mr. Kromah details that within this period, the Center served 8, 858 users, including 4,370 males and 4,488 females.Statistics from the Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Services or LISSGIS, says Nimba is the second most populated county in Liberia next to Montserrado County with six cities. But the Service Center is located only in Sanniquellie.
Since the facility, which provides services such as issuance of driver’s licenses, birth and marriage certificates, business registration, among others was introduced in the counties by the administration of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as part of a decentralization policy, a huge number of Nimbaians mainly in Lower Nimba County are yet to access them due to distance and location.
Citizens from the county are calling on government to open sub-branches in administrative districts to enable them access the services.
By Thomas Domah/Nimba–Editing by Jonathan Browne