The United Nations Population Fund or UNFPA has turned over several pieces of logistics to the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services or LISGIS to enhance the Institute’s work.
Items presented include one 80-KVA generator, 15 motorbikes, four vehicles, six desktop computers and three laptops.
UNFPA Resident Representative Dr. Bannet Ndyanabangi says the donation is meant to strengthen the long existing partnership with LISGIS and enhance its work as the Institute prepares for national demographic and health survey across the country.
Dr. Ndyanabangi: “I’m very glad to represent the UNFPA and other UN Agencies to make this donation; this demographic and health survey is important for the wellbeing of the Liberian people, including children, women, and young people looking at their wellbeing; this is what makes it more important for any government.”
He says the survey will inform the government and its partners about the wellbeing of citizens, adding that though many partners had contributed, UNFPA hopes the exercise will “start soon to give us the data and information we need to be able to plan for the Liberian people.”
In response, LISGIS Director General, Professor Francis F. Wreh warns officials of the Institute to use items donated wisely.
“We want to further assure you our partners that these donations will be used for the purpose intended, and warn our staffs that it must not be used for floorshow or big bluff, simply because you have a vehicle or a motorbike that is assigned to you”, Director Wreh cautions the staff.
Speaking over the weekend at the LISGIS office behind the Executive Mansion on Capitol Hill the donation was made, Professor Wreh notes that the gesture came not as a surprising at all, recalling that after LISGIS was enacted into law, its first challenge was office space but UNFPA intervened and provided the Institute office furniture and other items needed for statistical works.
According to the Director General, UNFPA has been a great help to LISGIS. “They supported the 2008 population census that was done, and they also helped us in the establishment of offices in the fifteen counties, and providing a vehicle to each county, so this donation is not the first time for such to take place; for and on behalf of the board of directors of LISGIS, and the government, we want to extend our heartfelt sentiments to the UNFPA family, and we want to assure you that as long we continue this partnership, you will get the best from us”, Professor Wreh assures.
By Lewis S. Teh –Editing by Jonathan Browne